At this time of writing, the GCSE examinations are months away. This is a good time for considering your next career move and as to whether work or college is right for you. You might want to do a bit of both and consider an apprenticeship. You may be (or know somebody else who is) considering a career in roofing, as an industrial roofer.
Firstly, and most obviously, a wannabe industrial roofer should have a head for heights. You should be physically fit with excellent manual dexterity. Working at height with the fickleness of our weather is a prerequisite.
There are no standard entry requirements other than being able to work at height in all weathers. Experience is also helpful though new starters can find work as a Roofing Labourer prior to becoming a fully fledged roofer. Furthermore, taking a relevant college course such as the NVQ Level 2 Diploma in Roof Slating and Tiling is helpful to your cause.
A CSCS card may be needed before you start work on site. The starting rate is £13,000 per year though experienced roofers can earn up to £32,000 per annum. Hours are typically 38 to 42 hours a week. They may vary during the summer months. Travel to one or more sites is also part of the job.
An ability to understand building plans and practical abilities are a must. Good Mathematics skills are important to the job. If you’re taking an entry level apprenticeship, you might be given extra help with English and Maths skills.
As an industrial roofer, you will work with a variety of materials. For example: corrugated metal roofing, solar panels, and Cumbrian slate tiles. You will also be working with other people in your sector such as joiners and plumbers.