How to become a handyperson
You can get into this job through:
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
- applying directly
You can take a short course in DIY skills at college. This can be a good starting point and useful when applying for jobs.
There are no set entry requirements for this route.
You could do an intermediate property maintenance apprenticeship or an intermediate or advanced apprenticeship in a construction trade like plumbing or carpentry.
You'll usually need:
- some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship
- 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
You can volunteer to help out with DIY jobs for a housing association or a charity. This can give you the chance to pick up skills and make contacts, which may lead to paid work.
You can look for volunteering opportunities through Do IT.
You can apply directly to become a handyperson. Employers will expect you to have good DIY skills.
You may also find it useful to have experience or qualifications in joinery, plumbing or electrics.
Experience of working with older people or people with disabilities in a housing or social care setting can be useful.
You can find out more about careers using construction skills from Go Construct.