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:
- Level 2 Scaffolder
- Level 2 Structural steelwork erector
- Level 3 Installation and maintenance electrician
- Level 3 Engineering construction erector rigger
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 ability in maths 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.