In this job, a maintenance operative develops their knowledge of the core construction trades such as plastering, carpentry & joinery, bricklaying, painting & decorating, plumbing and roofing.
Maintenance operatives need to have really good knowledge of how to work safely as they become involved in so many different trades.
You'll need to enjoy working indoors and outdoors and be able to cope with all weather conditions. This job is quite physical so being fit is important, as well as being good at working with your hands.
Being co-operative and team-orientated is also important and you need to be versatile to learn such a variety of trades. The job also requires a good knowledge of calculations.
There are no formal requirements although it would help to have GCSE's in English or Welsh and Maths at A*-C (Applications from students with the Foundation or Intermediate Welsh Baccalaureate are also welcomed).
(This is a guide to the average salary a fully qualified and experienced person might expect to get.)
£16,500 - £21,000
Maintenance operatives will be able to progress to:
• Apprenticeship (Level 3) in Bricklaying, Carpentry & Joinery, Wall and Floor Tiling and Painting & Decorating.
Find out what a real apprentice thinks:
Which company do you work for?
I work for the Willmott Dixon Group who work in partnership with Birmingham City Council on the north side and south side of the city. We do all aspects of renewals and repairs to bathrooms and kitchens along with plastering, electrics and gas fittings.
What are the good bits about your job?
Every day I enjoy absolutely everything, everything I'm learning, everything I get involved in, it's just great to actually be doing it. The skills I've gained from being at college have given me the confidence to be able to go out into work and do the jobs that I do from day to day.
Why did you choose this career?
The reason I chose to do this apprenticeship was that I've loved manual work ever since I was little; you know, tinkering about with things when I was younger.
What do you do day-to-day?
On a daily basis I do a lot of general maintenance - anything from tiling to plumbing, to carpentry, hanging doors, plumbing in radiators, baths, toilets, plastering and small bits of patchwork.
What would you say to anyone who wanted to try this?
I'd say definitely go for it, I mean if they're going to do Building Maintenance Operations, like I'm doing, it's a great way to get into construction because a lot of employers are looking for multi-skilled people.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I do see myself running my own business at some point during the future. It's a big dream of mine to design and build houses.