Cavity insulation installer

Cavity insulation installers fit insulation and soundproofing materials in buildings.

Average salary (a year)

£12,000 Starter

to

£30,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

42 to 44 a week

You could work

weekends

How to become a cavity insulation installer

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • applying directly

College

You could do a college course, which may help when you look for a trainee job after you finish. Courses include:

  • Level 1 Award in Construction Crafts
  • Level 2 Certificate in Construction Operations
  • Level 2 Certificate in Construction and Building Crafts

Entry requirements

You may need:

  • 2 or fewer GCSEs at grades 3 to 1 (D to G), or equivalent, for a level 1 course
  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course

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Apprenticeship

You could complete an intermediate apprenticeship in construction insulation and building treatments, or a thermal insulation operative intermediate apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship

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Direct application

You could apply directly for jobs. Employers will usually look for GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) in English, maths or design and technology. Experience in construction, for example brickwork, could be useful.

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Registration

Further information

You can find out more about working in cavity insulation from Go Construct.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to work well with others
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • persistence and determination
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • leadership skills
  • the ability to come up with new ways of doing things
  • knowledge of building and construction
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Restrictions and requirements

You may need a driving licence for some jobs.

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day duties could include:

  • carrying out and writing up pre-installation surveys
  • marking out ventilation, wiring and pipework ducts in walls, and sealing openings, like air vents
  • working out the volume of space to be filled, and the amount of insulation needed
  • drilling holes into the walls of a building
  • injecting insulation materials into cavity spaces through the holes in a specific order
  • re-filling the holes and re-pointing mortar
  • checking all airbricks and flues are clear
  • making sure materials and methods used meet building regulations

Working environment

You could work at a client's home or at a client's business.

Your working environment may be at height, cramped and physically demanding.

Career path and progression

With experience, you could become a team leader or estimator, set up your own installation business, or move into wider construction trades. 

Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Apprentice Commercial Thermal Insulation Operative

  • Wage : £209.00 Weekly
  • Location: Bridgwater TA6 5LT

Apprentice Commercial Thermal Insulation Operative

  • Wage : £209.00 Weekly
  • Location: London EC1A 1AZ

Courses In England

Level 2 Certificate in Skills for Working in Construction and Building Industries

  • Provider: The Spires College
  • Start date: 05 September 2020
  • Location: Torquay

Level 1 Diploma in Construction Skills - Building Heroes

  • Provider: WILTSHIRE COLLEGE
  • Start date: 13 January 2020
  • Location: Trowbridge

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