How to become a formworker
You can get into this job through:
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
- working towards
- applying directly
You could take a course in carpentry skills that may help you get into this role.
- Level 2 Diploma in Site Carpentry
- Level 2 Diploma in Carpentry and Joinery
You may need:
- 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course
You could do a formworker intermediate apprenticeship.
You may also gain some of the skills and knowledge for this role from a carpentry and joinery intermediate apprenticeship.
These typically take between 18 and 24 months to complete as a mix of workplace learning and off-the-job study.
To get onto an apprenticeship, you'll find it useful to have:
- some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship
You may be able to work your way into formwork from other construction trades like site labourer. Your employer may be able to support you to gain a qualification through a formworker apprenticeship.
You can apply for jobs if you have experience and qualifications from related construction trades like carpentry or joinery.
- you'll need a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card or equivalent to train and work on a construction site
There may be schemes in your area to help you gain construction work experience. Talk to a careers adviser or job coach or check out the work experience advice from Go Construct.
Professional and industry bodies
You could join the British Woodworking Federation for professional development and networking opportunities.
You'll find more on careers in formwork from Go Construct.