Elementary Construction Occupations

Job holders in this unit group perform a variety of general labouring and construction duties to assist building, civil engineering and related trades workers in the performance of their tasks.


New workers
£ 11,975
£ 23,030
£ 34,807

Available jobs

In the past year there were 99,039 vacancies for this type of job

Related courses

People work towards these careers by taking these courses at college and uni.

What they do most days?

  • Helps diver into and out of diving suit, maintains communication with submerged diver and checks equipment and time spent under water.

  • Operates, cleans and lubricates valves and sluices, removes weeds, dead animals and other debris from waterways and carries out minor repairs to banks and footbridges.

  • Maintains land drainage systems and prepares graves for burial.

  • Measures and fixes timber and other structures to support excavations, cables or other rail, signal and telecoms equipment.

  • Heats and breaks up blocks of asphalt, bitumen or tar, stirs melting mixture, adds aggregate if required, pours mixture into buckets.

  • Covers ceilings, floors, walls and exposed surfaces of boilers, pipes and plant with insulating material.

  • Performs general labouring tasks such as loading and delivering materials and equipment, removing wall coverings, and preparing surfaces by cleaning, sanding, filling, etc..

  • Cleans equipment and tools, clears work area and otherwise assists building and woodworking trades workers as directed.

  • Mixes mortar, grouting material, cement screed, and plaster, prepares adhesive, primer and paints and similar construction material, and undertakes basic decorating, painting, plumbing and other maintenance and repair tasks.

  • Assists with the erection of ladders, scaffolding and work platforms, the rigging of cradles of hoisting equipment and the attaching of slings, hooks and guide ropes.

  • Conveys blocks, bricks, stone, mortar, roofing, felt, slates, wood and other building materials to the work area.

Hard Skills

Hard skills are specific, learnable, measurable, often industry or occupation-specific abilities related to a position.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Construction

  • Carpentry

  • Plumbing

  • Plastering

  • Painting

  • Tiling

  • Power Tool Operation

  • Machinery

  • Hand Tools

  • Manual Handling

Soft Skills

Soft skills can be self-taught and usually do not necessitate a certain completed level of education.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Communication

  • Strong Work Ethic

  • Loading And Unloading

  • Customer Service

  • Management

  • English Language

  • Detail Oriented

  • Self-Motivation

  • Teamwork

  • Problem Solving

How do I get a job like this?

People in these types of job started their career paths after studying courses like the ones below.