Construction trades and labour workers undertake the manual and physical work on site, such as laying foundations, clearing sites, digging trenches and building walls. Most of your work will take place outside where you’ll need to wear protective clothing. Trades and labour workers require a good level of endurance, fitness and strength. Working safely is a priority and you need to be able to understand and apply safe working practices at all times, as well as following instructions promptly and accurately.
A typical day
Most trades and labour based jobs are shift based, and you will normally work a 40 hour week. There are often overtime opportunities to meet project deadlines. Additionally, you may be expected to work at night to meet project deadlines and/ or stay away from home sometimes as you need to move from site to site. You will be working within a team of people, reporting to a foreman who is in charge of your shifts.
Many trades and labour professionals begin by helping on site by collecting and carrying tools. You’ll be learning on the job, and may be asked to help with different tasks such as ground work, form work, steel fixing, steel piling, concreting and roadworks. With further training, you may be able to operate equipment.
Useful interests and qualities
Having good communication skills and a happy, positive attitude is important when working in a team and in a fast paced job. You must be ready to take orders from the foreman and those above you and be willing to work hard and have the drive to grab opportunities to learn and develop your skills.
A good level of fitness is a bonus as your job will be physical. There are no formal academic entry requirements, but a good level of maths and English will help you progress towards any assessments you undergo.
Pay and prospects
Starting pay for an apprentice is between £12,000 and £16,000 per year. More experienced workers normally earn between £17,000 and £27,000 per year.
If you’re ready to take the next step, we want to hear from you! An apprenticeship with one of our clients will give you solid foundations for a rewarding career in construction. For more information fill in this form and one of our team will contact you.