Scaffolders put up and take down scaffolding, to allow workers to reach the external higher levels of buildings safely.

Average salary (a year)

£14,000 Starter


£30,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

43 to 45 a week

You could work

between 8am and 6pm away from home

How to become a Scaffolder

You can get into this job through:

  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role


You can train through a scaffolder intermediate apprenticeship.

This will usually take 18 months to complete. You'll do on-the-job training and spend time at a college or training provider.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

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

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You would usually start out with a company as a trainee scaffolder or scaffolding labourer, and get qualifications on the job. Employers would look for a good general standard of education. GCSEs in maths, English, and design and technology could be useful, although not always essential.

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Career tips

Previous experience as a construction site labourer may be helpful when looking for work.

Further information

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • knowledge of building and construction
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • the ability to work well with others
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • physical skills like movement, coordination, dexterity and grace
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • Being able to use a computer terminal or hand-held device may be beneficial for this job.

Restrictions and requirements

You'll need to:

  • have a good level of fitness

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day tasks may include:

  • unloading scaffolding from a lorry
  • creating a stable base on the ground
  • putting up scaffolding poles and attaching horizontal tubes to them
  • fixing scaffolding to a building
  • laying planks across scaffolding for workers to walk on
  • fixing guard rails and safety nets
  • taking down scaffolding after a job

Working environment

You could work on a demolition site, at a client's business or on a construction site.

Your working environment may be at height, dirty, outdoors in all weathers, physically demanding and you'll travel often.

You may need to wear safety clothing.

Career path and progression

With experience, you could become a scaffolding gang supervisor. You could also become a scaffolding designer or construction manager, or set up your own business.

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