What's involved - View roofsheeter & cladder apprentice Frazer's video

A roof sheeter and cladder works on a construction site, or in a public place, and applies roof sheeting and cladding to building structures or roofs.

It is a skilled job that requires specific training. Safety is also very important, as working at heights and dealing with the different materials involved can be dangerous.

Skills required

You'll be working on rooftops so being confident with heights is important. You'll also need to be good with figures as estimating how much sheeting and cladding is needed is a common part of the job.

A good level of fitness is required, as are good practical skills for using tools and equipment. You will also be working outside in all weathers and you need to follow strict safe working practices.

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).

Salary ranges

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

£16,000 - £31,000

Progression routes

This apprenticeship will enable progression to:


  • Apprenticeship (Level 3) in Roof Sheeting and Cladding

After gaining work experience area there are opportunities to progress into occupational work supervision, management or technical support areas.

Find out what a real apprentice thinks:  


Which company do you work for?

I work for Granger Building Services and they are roof sheeters and cladders.

What are the good bits about your job?

What I like about my apprenticeship is working outside. I like when summer comes and you can work outside in the sun when it's nice and warm. I also like being able to turn my hand to metalwork when I'm outside of work. It's a good skill to have.

Why did you choose this career?

I chose my apprenticeship because I left school at 15, I finished my exams and I couldn't get a job, so I started working with my uncle. But it wasn't full-time so I kept applying for different jobs and then I saw an apprenticeship come up for the Commonwealth Apprenticeship Initiative. I'm really enjoying it.

What do you do day-to-day?

I'm currently working on the Glasgow Velodrome at the moment. I'm moving on to the cladding after I finish this. I'm obviously at college at the moment but I finish off tomorrow, back onto cladding next week when I get a wee shot at it!

What's the coolest thing you've done so far?

The thing I'm most proud of has got to be working on the Glasgow Velodrome because it's such a big, high profile job that's always on the news. It's good because I work next to Celtic Park as well and that's my team!

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

In ten years time I see myself still working in roofing. Maybe abroad like Australia as abroad there's a lot better money in my trade. After my apprenticeship I'm going to be doing my NVQ.