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Hands-on skills

Painters and decorators use a range of coverings to enhance and protect surfaces. These surfaces could include plaster, metal and wood. If you like practical work and enjoy being artistic,...

Do you have good practical skills, have a good head for heights and enjoy working outdoors? Steel erectors work as part of a team to assemble the steel sections and girders...

Scaffolders put up and take down scaffolding. This allows other workers to reach the higher levels of buildings during construction, cleaning and renovation projects.

If you've got a head for heights,...

A carpenter is a trained craftsperson skilled in woodwork. She/he measures, marks, cuts, shapes, fits and finishes timber – either by hand or with power tools.

They can work in many...

If you enjoy being practical and working outdoors, this could be the job for you. Being a construction operative or site labourer can be a good route into a more...

A joiner usually makes the timber products that a carpenter fixes on-site. So, for example, a joiner might be employed to make the doors, frame and windows for a new building, whereas carpenters construct the building elements...

Bricklayers build and repair walls, chimney stacks, tunnel linings and decorative stonework. They might also refurbish brickwork and masonry on restoration projects. If you enjoy doing practical things and you...