What's involved - View Wall and Floor Tiler Mark's video

Tilers specialise in preparing surfaces and covering floors and walls with tiles.

They work on a wide range of projects; from tiling household bathrooms or kitchens, to fitting tiles in commercial, industrial and leisure premises. Some specialise in more creative or heritage restoration projects.

Skills required

With the job being so varied, you will need to be flexible, adaptable, and happy to travel. You'll also need to be good with figures to ensure you calculate the right amount of tiles for the work area, while also following design plans.

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.)

£17,000 - £25,000

Progression routes

Wall and Floor Tiling apprentices can be involved with new builds and refurbishments and can progress to:

  • Apprenticeship (Level 3) in Wall and Floor Tiling

With work experience, there are also 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 WB Simpsons, they're a large company in London with three branches and I work for the one in Coventry. WB Simpsons is a Wall and Floor Tiling company.

What do you do day-to-day?

On a day-to-day basis I mix adhesive, spread walls with wall adhesive, fix tiles and grout. I love that at the end of the day I can look back and I'm proud that I can say that it's mine.

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

I'm excited about the next project; we're doing an Olympic training pool in Bristol.

What are the good bits about your job?

I've got myself a trade now, I'm happy in what I do and hopefully will do it for the rest of my career. I'm proud that I can do the job, from start to finish, and if any problems arise I can solve them.

Do you feel supported by CITB-ConstructionSkills?

The team I work with are good because if any problems come up, we all work together to solve them and we have a laugh.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

I see myself in 10 years time having my own successful company and employing a lot of apprentices.