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Construction Operative

Construction Operative

“If you enjoy practical work and want a job outdoors, then working on a building site could be for you.”

Construction Operative

To be a construction operative or site labourer, you will need a good level of fitness. You will need a basic knowledge of building methods and materials. You will also need a good head for heights.

At the start of a job, you would help to prepare the site, for example putting up site huts, unloading and storing building materials, and setting up ladders and scaffolding.

Once work gets underway, duties could include marking out digging foundations, steel fixing, steel piling, and concreting.

You would use various hand, power and machine tools and, with further training, you could operate construction plant equipment, such as dumper trucks or excavators.

There are no set entry requirements to become a construction operative. You may have an advantage if you have some on-site experience or a relevant diploma. Some employers may ask for GCSEs in subjects like maths and English, or equivalent qualifications.

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