Demolition Careers – how to get a job in demolition

13th February 2022

The demolition and construction industry offers a whole host of career opportunities for school leavers looking to start a career, as well as those looking to progress within the sector.

From completing a college course in demolition or embarking on an apprenticeship through to applying directly for a role within in the industry, there are so many ways that you can kick start your career in demolition.

If you’re looking for more information about demolition careers, you’ve certainly landed in the right place. We’ve created a guide outlining how you can get a job in demolition.

What does a demolition operative do?

Demolition operatives are responsible for carrying out a range of different tasks, including dismantling buildings and structures, carrying out salvage operations and removing hazardous materials from environments.

And with average salaries ranging from £14,000 to £30,000, depending on experience, this is a career that offers lots of progression opportunities.

Day-to-day tasks

As part of your role as a demolition operative you could be responsible for completing various tasks, depending on where you are working and your job role.

Common tasks include working as a labourer to prepare sites and separating re-usable materials.  Your day to day tasks might include dismantling roof tops, removing windows and doors from buildings or stripping out all sorts of fittings.

You will be responsible for ensuring that all demolition practices are safe and secure, working on fragile projects that require careful stripping and for cutting steel framework at heights.

Any job in the construction or demolition industry is physically demanding and it often requires working in tough outdoor environments, in all weathers.

However, there are lots of opportunities to progress to roles such as site supervision and management.

What do I need to do to become a demolition operative?

There are lots of different ways that you can begin your career in the demolition industry and the route that is right for you will depend on your aspirations, goals and circumstances.

If you are a school leaver about to finish your GCSEs and you’re thinking about a career in construction, completing a college course or apprenticeship is a great route into the industry.

Both of these options will provide you with the skills, knowledge and expertise required to become an accomplished demolition operative.

Popular courses include:

  • Level 1 Certificate in Construction Skills

To complete this course, you will need 2 or less GCSE’s at grades 3 to 1.

  • Level 2 Diploma in Construction Operations

To complete this course, you will need 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3

  • Level 3 Diploma in Demolition

To complete this course, you will need 4 to 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4

Alternatively, you can look at completing an apprenticeship within a demolition firm. You will start as a general operative and work your way up. General requirements to complete an apprenticeship in the demolition industry include GCSEs in English and Maths.

There’s also a whole host of demolition jobs that you can apply directly for. So, if you have your heart set on becoming a demolition worker, explore demolition careers today.

Article By Nicola Wallace

Nikki has worked at Hughes and Salvidge since 2013, working on some of our biggest tenders and projects for major clients, including Ford, Ineos, Portsmouth City Council, and Shell UK.

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