Diamond drilling operatives have one of the most highly-skilled and specialist construction jobs – cutting through the toughest materials on a building site.
Salaries depend on location, employer and the amount of overtime worked. Self-employed diamond drilling operatives set their own pay rates.
There are no set qualifications that diamond drilling and sawing operatives need, but it helps to have grades at 9-4 (A*-C) in maths and English or equivalents such as the Welsh Baccalaureate or Scottish Nationals 4/5.
An NVQ/SVQ Level 2 in Drilling and Sawing can be achieved by completing the Drilling and Sawing Apprenticeship, a formal two-year training programme.
If you have a minimum of five years’ experience you can take the Experienced Worker Practical Assessment (EWPA). This combines the key parts of the SVQ/NVQ into one practical assessment, together with work-based evidence and employer endorsement. Alternatively you can do On-Site Assessment and Training (OSAT).
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