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Careers in Scaffolding – Everything You Need to Know

Careers in scaffolding can be sustainable and comes with a steady income for those with good knowledge and experience. In this article we outline the benefits of beginning a career in scaffolding, and how to get started in the trade.

Advantages of Working in Scaffolding

Careers in the construction industry, including working as a scaffolder, can be a great option for those that don’t want to be stuck behind a desk all day. Other advantages include:

Job Security – Scaffolding is In Demand

One of the main advantages of working in construction is excellent job security. There is currently a shortage of skilled workers in the trade, with demand up by around 300% in recent years. Because of this, many companies are looking for new blood to join the industry, and there’s always more houses to build!

As a new scaffolder you can earn a steady income, but over time and with experience, scaffolders can earn up to around £40,000 per year.

You’re Not Stuck Behind a Desk

If you love being outside and active, working as a scaffolder is a great choice. In this line of work you’ll often be outside labouring. Not only will you be making a steady income, but you’ll also be getting in your daily exercise, also.

Career Progression & Self Employment Opportunities in Construction

Once you’ve gained some experience in the trade, there are a number of ways you can develop and grow within the construction industry. If you’re committed to progression, you can attend training courses to continue your development and improve your skills. Once you’ve got the necessary skills and some money saved up, you could even set up your own firm and become your own boss.

Few Barriers to Entry

As well as having great progression opportunities, there are limited barriers to entry within scaffolding. This means that you can learn about the industry as an apprentice or scaffolding labourer as soon as you leave school and work your way up.

How to Start a Career in Scaffolding

If you’re interested in a career in scaffolding, the below suggestions will help you on your way to a long and successful career in the trade.

Qualifications for Scaffolders

BTECs, NVQs and HNCs are available in a range of disciplines within the construction industry. To start you on your way to becoming a scaffolder, consider a Level 1 certificate in Construction Skills, or a Level 2 certificate in Construction Operations. Alternatively, an apprenticeship is a great way to gain qualifications whilst learning on the job.

Apprenticeships in Scaffolding

An apprenticeship is a great way to make a start in the construction industry as you gain the relevant qualifications necessary, whilst learning and gaining experience on the job. You’ll likely earn a lower wage during your apprenticeship, but you’ll gain invaluable experience and knowledge that you’ll use throughout your entire career.

Generally, you’ll need at least 2-3 GCSEs, including maths and English, and be over the age of 16 to enter into an apprenticeship. Courses usually last around 18 months, and your company will often ask you to work a minimum of 30 hours per week, with your time split between work and education with a relevant training provider.

CPD Scaffolding Courses with Hi-Point Access

If you already work in construction and want to begin working in scaffolding CPD courses are available to provide you with the necessary knowledge and skills to successfully work in the trade.

As well as having a number of scaffolding products for hire, Hi-Point Access also runs professional safety training courses for the scaffolding industry. We are renowned for providing quality training to high industry standards and are approved by both PASMA and LA. 

Contact us today to learn more about our scaffolding safety training courses.

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