The job of the scaffolders is to put up and take down scaffolding which serves to help the workers reach higher levels of buildings during construction or other projects that might involve working at heights outside buildings. If you are fine with heights and looking for a job in construction, it is a pretty good choice.
Normal wages for scaffolders are usually between £12 and £17 per hour. However, experience and further training can help increase this wage.
A general education may be required where the employer may inquire about the GCSE scores in mathematics and English. But apart from that, if you are physically fit and have no problem working at heights, there are no special requirements.
Licenses Required to Work:
1. CISRS - Scaffolder
When people start working as trainee scaffolder, they have to pass through COTS test which lasts for one day only and aims to teach the workers basic skills to work safely. Another test the new scaffolders have to pass is CSCS Health, Safety and Environment Test.
Once that course and assessment is complete, it would allow the new scaffolders to apply for Construction Industry Scaffolders Record Scheme (CISRS) card, which is absolutely essential for any scaffolder to start working. It shows to the employer the competence of the worker and his ability to perform the scaffolding duties required.
Job Description and Duties:
It is high profile construction job where you often have to work at public places and high level of responsibility and safety practices are required. The normal shifts are usually 9 hours long and the general duties include building all kinds of scaffolds—both temporary and permanent ones.
This job requires you to be able to follow instructions carefully and work well in a team. Moreover, you have to understand the importance of safe working practices. Scaffolders must work complying with Method Statement and Risk Assessment provided by the Site Manager, who is also in charge of the workplace. Moreover, all instructions of the supervisor on the site should be followed.
Scaffolders can also use their skills and scaffolding methods to work and put up temporary spectator stands and stages at public events. Furthermore, scaffolders can be employed to work around the formwork and shuttering which serves to hold the concrete that is setting into place for big structures such as bridges.
Scaffolding is primarily an outdoor job and requires you to work in almost all kinds of weather conditions and the work can be physically demanding. A lot of work is done at heights and the workers have to follow strict safety precautions and use safety equipment.
Some attributes and qualities that would help you as a scaffolder are following:
- The ability to follow instructions
- Practical skills as well as good hand to eye coordination.
- Organizational skills and ability to work as a part of a team.
- A good understanding of safe working practices.