Job Description

Roofers re-slate and tile roofs, fit skylight windows and replace lead sheeting and cladding.You'll work at heights, using ladders and scaffolding. The job is physically demanding and dirty, and you'll be exposed to all weather conditions.

Entry Requirements

There are no set entry requirements, but employers value experience.

You could gain experience through:

  • working as a roofing labourer
  • a college course in general construction skills, or more specific training like the Level 2 Diploma in Roof Slating and Tiling

Many employers will want you to have a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card before you can work on their sites.

You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.

Go Construct and the Roofing Industry Alliance have more information on construction careers and qualifications.

Career Path and Progression

You can improve your career options with a qualification like the Level 3 (NVQ) Diploma in Roofing Occupations. You can do specialist skills training in areas like heritage conservation, thatching or installing solar panels.

With experience, you could become a roofing surveyor, estimating costs, dealing with contracts and working with architects. You could also become a site manager or move into technical sales. Other options include training, setting up your own business or working as a roofing consultant.

Related careers you may be interested in:

  • Cavity insulation installer
  • Glazier
  • Plumber
  • Steeplejack
  • Thatcher

National Government Policy states that all students should have achieved at least a Grade 4 or C Grade in English & Maths at GCSE.  Achieving this minimum grade in these subjects will increase the opportunities open to you, support your future career development and prospects.

Students who do not meet this standard will be supported to continue to study English and Maths through full-time education or an Apprenticeship.

Required Skills

  • Physically fit
  • Good numerical skills
  • Methodical and accurate
  • Attention to detail
  • A good head for heights

Starting Salary

£15,000 to £16,000

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