What's involved?

Single ply waterproofing is specified by architects on new buildings as it allows them to make unusual shapes on the roof that suits the single ply materials.

The materials are very lightweight and easy to use, but single ply roofers are very skillful and considered to be skilled craftspeople in this area of roofing work. They use a wide range of materials and know how and where to apply them. The specialised nature of the work means good operatives are also in high demand.

They are used on very prestigious projects and highly skilled and qualified operatives can look forward to making good money, either working with companies or setting up their own business.

Skills required

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

A good level of fitness is required, as are good practical skills for using tools and equipment. You'll be working out in all weathers and will 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

Qualified and experienced single ply roofers can expect to earn in the region of £20,000 - £35,000.