Scaffolders erect and dismantle temporary metal structures, usually around buildings, which allow other construction trades to carry out their jobs safely.
Salaries will depend on your location, employer and the amount of overtime worked.
There are no formal requirements to become a trainee scaffolder but it helps to have Standard Grades or National 4 or 5s, GCSEs in English and maths at grades A* - C or equivalent such as the Welsh Baccalaureate..
Employers such as construction companies and construction agencies are keen to see some on-site experience. If you don’t have any, you could work as a scaffolding labourer to start with. Your employer might then train you as a scaffolder.
You may also be able to sign up to one of the many apprenticeships available. These include an 11-week training programme completed over a two-year period. This earns you the CISRS Scaffolders card, a Construction Diploma Level 2, NVQ Level 2, Functional Skills Level 1 and a Health and Safety Test (Essential Skills in Wales).
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