Scaffolders put up scaffolding on buildings and structures to let other workers do their jobs safely. They put up metal tubes and platforms which is called scaffolding. Builders and other workers use this to reach the high parts of buildings.


  • 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


Scaffolders are normally employed by building companies and scaffolding firms. They could also be self-employed and work for a range of different companies.


Scaffolders work in a variety of places and mainly work outdoors in all weathers.

Working Hours

Scaffolders usually work between 37 and 40 hours a week.


Starting salary £19,000-. -15.4% decline leading to 4,503 fewer jobs by 2027.


You could join a company as a trainee scaffolder or scaffolding labourer, and get qualifications on the job. Some employers may look for qualifications whereas others may be more flexible.

You could also apply for an apprenticeship. If you have an EHCP you may be able to apply under the DfE exemption which allows the apprentice to use Entry Level 3 English and Maths qualifications. The apprentice would have to be competent enough to successfully achieve all other aspects of the apprenticeship requirements, become occupationally competent and achieve Entry Level 3 in English and Maths before the end of their apprenticeship.

College – you could start off with a Certificate in Pathways to Construction in Entry Level 3 or Level 1.

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