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A tiler covers walls, floors and surfaces with tiles
Average salaries are in the region of £15,000.00 to £25,000.00. Salaries will vary depending on location / employer
A wall and floor tiler does exactly that – he or she covers walls or floors with tiles. They might tile kitchens or bathrooms. They often do shops, hotels and restaurants – or they may sometimes get to work on tiling an entire swimming pool.
Tilers take great pride in producing attractive and practical work. They are skilled at ‘setting out’ – working out how many tiles and how much adhesive they’ll need for a particular area. They make the surface to be tiled nice and smooth and cut tiles to a certain size or shape with hand-cutters or bench-mounted tools.
Tilers must be patient and precise, especially when tiles have to go along edges and around corners or pipes. They line tiles up accurately using tools such as spirit levels and fix them with grout before they are polished and done.
This career means working indoors or outdoors, in tight spaces or up high and ranges from completing plain, one-colour arrangements to laying coloured tiles in complicated patterns to create mosaics.
Salaries depend on location, employer, level of responsibility, and any overtime you may do.
Mark Maguire is a wall and floor tiler trainee at WB Simpsons.
I’m studying wall and floor tiling at South Birmingham College and I work in Coventry for WB Simpsons, a wall and tiling company. I mix adhesive, spread walls with it, fix tiles and grout. I love that at the end of the day I can look back and feel proud of what I’ve done. I can say that work is mine.
I chose to do a construction apprenticeship because a friend of the family, who owns the company, told me about other people there who have done a CITB course and got their NVQ out of it. I was interested, so he offered me the chance of the apprenticeship. It inspired me because it gave me the opportunity of getting a trade and working in a team.
I’m excited about working on an Olympic training pool in Bristol.
I’ve got myself a trade now. I’m happy in what I do and hopefully will do it for the rest of my career. I’m proud that I can do the job from start to finish. The team I work with are good because if any problems come up, we all work together to solve them and have a laugh.
I see myself having my own successful company and employing a lot of apprentices.
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Wall and floor tilers often study a range of subjects at school before deciding on their career. There are no formal requirements to hold qualifications but employers often want you to have GCSEs (grades A-C) in maths, English and design and technology, or equivalent qualifications such as BTEC, WJEC in Construction, Welsh Baccalaureate. This is because you have to work to precise measurements and need excellent customer service skills.
Employers often look for people with some on-site experience. If you haven’t worked in construction before, you could work as a labourer to start with. Your employer may then train you in wall and floor tiling. Many people start their construction careers on an apprenticeship in wall and floor tiling with a building or tiling business.
There is a level 2 Wall and Floor Tiling Apprenticeship available in England and Wales.
In Scotland, the normal entry route is through a Modern Apprenticeship. You do not always need formal qualifications, but Standard grades or National 4 or 5s in English, maths and a technological subject are helpful.
Some employers would expect you to have some experience working as a labourer.
You must hold a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card or equivalent. You must pass a health and safety test to qualify for this scheme.
With on-the-job and off-the-job training, you would work towards Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) Wall and Floor Tiling (Construction) Level 3.
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The UK construction industry will need a total of 25,280 floorers (which includes wall and floor tiling) to meet demand between 2017 - 2021 - according to the latest Construction Skills Network research (LMI). The majority of the demand for these construction jobs in the UK will be in the North West, Greater London and South East.
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