What's involved

All types of buildings are worked on, with large areas divided into rooms using metal stud partitioning systems such as plasterboard and wall board. These are then fixed up, joined together and decorated.

Skills required

This is an indoor-only role but, as in most construction work, you need to be fit. You should also have good numeracy skills, as you'll be calculating surface areas and volumes.

In addition, you'll need to be able to read plans, diagrams, and information sheets and be able to follow instructions.

Qualifications required

There are no formal requirements although it would help to have Standard Grades in English and Maths.

Salary ranges

(This is a guide to the average salary a fully qualified and experienced person might expect to get.)

£15,000 - £30,000

Progression routes

If you decide to progress into supervisory, design or management roles there are opportunities to study for:

  • Technical, supervisory and  management SVQ qualifications (SCQF Levels 6 to11)

  • HNC Construction or a number of other built environment HNC/HND qualifications (SCQF Levels 7 or 8)

  • Degree level qualifications in a number of construction disciplines (SCQF Levels 9 to 12)