I want to be a Scaffolder


Scaffolders put up scaffolding on buildings and structures to let other workers do their jobs safely.

SALARIES: range from £19,000 to £40,000 a year dependent on experience.

On a job, you will:

  • Unload scaffolding from a lorry
  • Create a stable base on the ground
  • Put up scaffolding poles and attach horizontal tubes to them
  • Fix scaffolding to a building
  • Lay planks across scaffolding for workers to walk on
  • Fix guard rails and safety nets.
  • Check the scaffold is secure before handing over
  • Take down scaffolding at the end of a job

You could work at a client’s business, on a construction site or at a client’s home. Your working environment may be at height.

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You could be a scaffolding gang supervisor. You could also become a scaffolding designer, a site safety inspector or construction manager. With further training, you could work in other areas of construction. You might also set up your own business.


Our Construction Career Excellence Hub is endorsed by leading employers, and they are actively involved throughout your whole training programme.

Here is an example of how employers will be getting involved with your programme:

  • They will co-design your training programme to provide you with the skills and knowledge needed for industry
  • They will help to create an inspirational learning experience for you
  • Provide the skills training required for wider industry
  • Provide opportunities to you, through industry placements
  • Assist in building your professional identity, through online networking.


Once you’ve completed your course, there are several options for you to further develop your skills and knowledge...

If you completed a Level 1 or Level 2 course, you can continue to progress to the next level course. Your tutor can talk you through your options.

We also offer a Construction T Level programme, which is a mixture of college and work-based learning designed to give you the technical skills and workplace experience to kick-start your construction career.

Technical areas of study could include Surveying, design, civil engineering, planning and emerging technologies such as drone surveying and BIM.

An apprenticeship is a fantastic way of entering the construction industry. Not only will you get the opportunity to get your foot in the door with a local or national company, you will also be able to earn while you learn.

Through apprenticeships you will work closely with an experienced tradesperson to develop and practice your skills, all whist receiving the benefits that being a student brings.

We have several degree options on offer at UCW, which will allow you to further develop your knowledge. UCW is rated as Gold in the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework, meaning the teaching, learning and opportunities we provide are of the highest quality in Britain.

There are several degree options available in construction, which could lead you on to a career as an architect, site managers, project managers and surveyors. You can find the full UCW course list, here.


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Our construction apprentice of the year has been described as a hugely valuable member of his team. He always demonstrates excellent teamwork and communication skills, effectively collaborating with other tradespeople, supervisors, and project managers.

Scaffolding apprenticeship

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