Apprentice builder tasks
No matter whether you’re in the UK or abroad, the apprentice builder tasks are about the same. It makes no difference if you’re male or female; you still get assigned the same types of work. As in most occupations that employ apprentices, you start at the bottom of the career ladder and slowly work your way up to the top. For apprentice builders this means becoming a master builder or master of some related trade.
Apprentice builder employment opportunities
As an apprentice builder, you may work with a large construction firm or
a small building subcontractor. You may find yourself assisting in the
construction or maintenance of hospitals, schools, factories, offices, tourist resorts, hotels, or
some type of housing unit. The type of construction will depend mostly
on the firm or contractor you are employed by.
Commonly performed tasks
If you think apprentice
builders have an easy life, you may want to reconsider your career
choice! Apprentices work very hard and work very long hours. The job may
require you to load, unload, carry, and store various building
materials. This means you will have to do some very heavy lifting at
times. The work may also involve crawling among the spiders, sloshing
through mud, and working in very confined spaces.
Is it worth the effort?
By now, you are
probably asking yourself if it’s worth all that effort. The answer is
yes, if you enjoy doing manual labour and working outdoors. Although you
can become an apprentice builder at 16 without formal training, it’s
highly recommended that you don’t do this. The professional builders
associations advise people to go to college and get builder National
Vocational Qualifications before starting out in a building career.
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