What's involved

Roof slaters and tilers create a waterproof covering for a building by applying individual slates or tiles to a basic timber framework, such as the roof of a house. They also apply cement render finishes to buildings (sometimes known as roughcasting).

It is a skilled job that requires specific training and working safely is very important too.

Skills required

As with all roofing jobs, being confident at heights is essential. You'll also need to be technically minded and comfortable reading plans, diagrams and instructions, so a good background in Maths is important.

A good level of fitness is required and good practical skills are needed for using tools and equipment. You'll be working out in all weathers and you will need to follow strict safe working practices.

Qualifications required

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

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

Roofing Occupations has a wide range of opportunities that apprentices can be involved within a structured career path, such as new builds and refurbishments.

This apprenticeship will enable progression to:

  • PDA Construction Crafts (SCQF Level 7)

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

  • Technical, supervisory and  management SVQ qualifications (SCQF Levels 8,9,11)
  • 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)