General construction operatives do a range of jobs on a building site.
Salaries depend on location, employer and any overtime you may do. Self-employed general construction operatives set their own pay rates.
Although there are no set entry requirements to become a general construction operative/labourer, some employers ask for GCSEs or equivalents such as Standard Grades in Maths and English. It’s also an advantage to have some experience on a building site.
You can to do an apprenticeship with a building company, with on-the-job training for part of the time and going to college for the rest. You could also consider trainee construction jobs.
Apprentices usually work towards the NVQ in Construction and Civil Engineering Services (Construction Operations)
Michael Owen is a General Construction Operative with BAM Construction.
Explore the progression opportunities below
Do you feel more inspired about working in construction?
You’re one step closer to a career in construction