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Working as a Labourer and where it leads

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Have you ever wondered what it takes to become a labourer? Are you keen for a new career change but you aren’t quite sure what path to take? Having placed 700 labourers in 2018, we know what it takes to take your first step on the construction career path.

What is a Labourer?

A Labourer, also known as a Construction Worker, has the duty of handling the manual work required when assembling buildings and structures. You’ll need high levels of stamina and physical strength. With 70% of your daily tasks taking place outside (weather depending), most shifts require an early start and an early finish.

What does a Labourer do?

Your main job roles will be to focus on groundwork, building foundations and walls, plastering, digging trenches, steel fixing and road working. You’ll be assisting various trades persons with specific tasks including carpentry, plastering and brickwork. You’ll also deal with site deliveries and carry out welfare duties for the project.

Everyday responsibilities are often varied so the ability to multi-task and work efficiently to get jobs done is essential for a labouring role.

What qualifications do I need to become a Labourer?

The first and foremost qualification that you will need to have is a valid CSCS Green Labourer card. This is imperative for the construction industry as it demonstrates that you have understood and adhered to the industries health and safety regulations.

What skills do you need as a Labourer?

  • Health and safety regulations must be fully understood and adhered to before any project is started.
  • A fear of heights is not going to be ideal as most of your work is done at a height.
  • You must prove you are physically fit to manage heavy equipment.
  • Proven record working as part of a team.
  • Must have good communication skills.

What job roles can labourers move on to?

Many experienced construction professionals start their career as a Labourer – gaining experience and knowledge of the working environment to get an idea of working conditions and atmosphere.

It’s a good option to take, as it helps you adapt to the responsibilities and the demanding physical strength of the job before taking on a more challenging role.

Most of your initial knowledge and experience will come from on-the-job encounters and apprenticeship programs. Trainee labourers are, however, often asked to have GCSE’s in English, Math, Technology and Design as well as previous proven experience assisting on site.

Working as a Labourer can be a demanding job as you are responsible for lots of small tasks. It’s also a job that carries a risk of physical injury – which is why it’s essential for you to get health and safety qualified.

Career Choices after Qualification

So what does the construction industry professional ladder look like? Working as a labourer is usually the first of many stages that people take when trying to build a career in the construction industry.

One of the great things about the construction industry is that there are loads of directions you can take once you’ve got some experience as a labourer. It’s more of a tree than a ladder!

Roles you can branch out into include:

  • Architects and architectural technologists
  • Building services engineers
  • Building surveyors
  • Civil, structural and geotechnical engineers
  • Landscape architects
  • Quantity surveyors
  • Site managers
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