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General Construction Operative

If you enjoy being practical and working outdoors, this could be the job for you. Being a construction operative or site labourer can be a good route into a more specialised role in the construction industry.


What The Job Involves

What are the key responsibilities for this position?

Key Responsibilities

At the start of the job you would help to prepare the site
Putting up huts, putting up safety screens, laying dustsheets
Separating out reusable materials after demolition
Setting up ladders and scaffolding
Once work gets underway, your duties could involve ground-working, form-working, steel fixing, steel piping, concreting, road working

There are no set entry requirements, although experience on a site can be helpful. Companies may also ask for:

Entry Requirements

GCSEs in Maths and English
CSCS card
On site experience
A basic knowledge of construction methods and materials

What key skills and personal attributes help with this role?

Skills & Attributes

Good practical skills
Basic knowledge of building methods and materials
Attention to detail
Ability to follow written and spoken instructions
Good head for heights
Teamwork skills
Awareness of health and safety

How much can you expect to earn and what are the career progression options?

Salary & Progression

Starting salary: £15,000 a year.
Experienced operative: £16,000- £21,000 a year
Supervisory operatives: £24,000 a year
Self-employed operatives can set their own rates
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Case Study


Craig* came to us as a minor offence on his record made it difficult to find him employment in Construction, however the Trust, via the Symud Ymlaen Moving Forward project has built up a relationship with The Warehouse Project  – a charity providing paid work and training to vulnerable young people.  Ryan was really excited to gain this opportunity and started work in February 2015.  *His name has been changed to protect his identity.

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