What's involved

Piling operatives usually start out assisting on anything from mini piling to large diameter rotary base grouting, or even monitoring ground conditions.

Skills required

You'll need to be highly resilient, flexible and prepared to work anywhere at the drop of a hat. Ideally you'll be the practical outdoor type, self-sufficient and prepared to travel and work away from home most of the time.

You must be prepared to learn about all the health and safety conditions that are implemented on site. There could be huge repercussions for not only yourself but others around you, including members of the public, if the whole operation is not carried out correctly.

Qualifications required

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).

You also need to be at least 18 and many companies like you to have had some life and work experience after finishing school.

Salary ranges

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

£14,000 - £24,000.

Progression routes

Progression is wide and varied for instance you could become a piling supervisor after having suitable site experience and been given the appropriate training.

You may even be able to become a manager or more dependent on your wish to progress.