How to become a steeplejack
You can get into this job through:
- an apprenticeship
- applying directly
Apprenticeships that may be useful for this role include:
- Lightning protection operative intermediate apprenticeship
- Scaffolder intermediate apprenticeship
- Structural steelwork erector intermediate apprenticeship
- Installation and maintenance electrician advanced apprenticeship
- Engineering construction erector rigger advanced apprenticeship
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 apply directly to become a steeplejack. Employers may ask for GCSEs, or equivalent, in maths, English, science or design and technology.
Experience in general construction, scaffolding, roofing or electrical work may give you an advantage.
If you want to work as a lightning conductor engineer, you'll need maths skills and a basic understanding of electrical theory.
- you'll need a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card or equivalent to train and work on a construction site
You can find out more about how to become a steeplejack from Go Construct and the Steeplejack and Lightning Protection Training Group.