Lead Sheeting Operatives specialise in lead sheeting work on a variety of buildings from domestic housing to listed structures, churches and cathedrals.
- Newly trained lead workers can earn in the region of £13,000 and £15,000 per year
- Trained with experience lead workers can earn in the region of £16,000 and £24,000
Salaries depend on location, employer and any overtime you may do.
Qualifications and Training
Working as a roofer is one way into this profession and will give you on-site experience that many employers ask for. However, lead sheeting work is very specialised and you will need to complete training to master this roofing technique.
Some employers may agree to provide training through an apprenticeship scheme.
Another option is to take a college course such as the one provided by the Lead Sheet Association (LSA). This includes training in welding and bossing as well as a City and Guilds 6055 Leadworks Certificate. The LSA also provide courses in Heritage Leadwork Level 3 and hard metal courses which specialise in copper, zinc and stainless steel. You can also complete a Leadwork Specialist Apprenticeship Programme (SAP) QCF Level 2 which is an NVQ/SNVQ Diploma carried out by a roofing assessor and gives you a City and Guilds 6055 Leadworks Certificate and QCF Level 2 in Metal Roofing.
In addition to having specific training and expertise, many building contractors will want you to have a Construction Skills Certificate Scheme (CSCS) accreditation card before you can work on their sites.