Roofing operatives work on the protective layers of a building which separate the inside from the elements using a range of materials, methods and structures.
Salaries depend on location, employer, level of responsibility, and the amount of overtime worked. Self-employed roofing operatives set their own pay rates.
There are no formal entry requirements for this career but it helps to have GCSEs, Welsh Baccalaureate or Standard Grades/Scottish Nationals.
With on-the-job and off-the-job training, you would work towards a Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) or National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) in Cladding Occupations (Construction): Roof, Sheeting and Cladding at Levels 2 and 3 (SCQF levels 4 and 5).
The Roofing Industry Alliance has a RIA Roof Training Prospectus with further guidance on qualification routes and training requirements.
Employers such as construction companies and construction agencies often look for people with some on-site experience. If you haven’t worked in construction before, you can start off as a roofing labourer. Your employer might then train you in roofing techniques.
Many roofing operatives start out as apprentices with a roofing or building firm. To search for apprenticeship vacancies in your area, visit the Government's vacancy matching site, or in Wales, Careers Wales.
Alternatively, you can do a college course to learn roofing skills, though employers will still want to see you’ve had experience on a site.
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For information on the Roofing Operative role in Scotland please visit the Skills Development Scotland website My World of Work.
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