How to become a Construction Labourer
To become a construction labourer, you need to make sure that you have the correct qualifications to on-site. The job requires very little in terms of requirements, but there are legal steps you need to take to be allowed on site.
What is a Construction Labourer?
A construction labourer is employed to carry out various manual labour jobs on a construction site.
A construction labourer would generally be able to work in several roles in construction. Functions may include site preparation, loading materials, tidying the site, building and digging trenches. However, the job can be very demanding and unsafe if you do not attend the proper training before working.
What Qualifications Do I Need To Become a Construction Labourer?
The first thing you will need to get on a construction site is the CSCS (Green) Labourer card. This card is imperative for you to get on-site to show that you have knowledge of health and safety on a construction site.
To obtain the card, you need to complete the GQA CSCS Course, Test and Card. This package is a one-day course that will allow you to get your Green card in one day.
Alternatively, you can follow these three simple steps:
- First, attend and pass a recognised UK health and safety in construction qualification. The route you can take is the CITB Health & Safety Awareness.
- Pass the CITB Health, Safety and Environment test at your local Pearson Vue test centre.
- Contact CITB or CSCS and pay for your card.
Depending on the kind of work you are doing, you may need to improve your knowledge of other skills such as; bricklaying, plastering and window fitting. You may also be required to use various tools and machines, so you would need to make sure you are familiar and competent to use those.
A Level 2 NVQ will help you show competency in the field, such as Construction Operations. The NVQ covers all general aspects of building and construction. The Level 1 Certificate in Construction Skills would be an excellent place to start in college.
To improve your resume, even more, you may want to attend other site safety related courses that will make you more attractive to current and potential employers. Take a look below at other courses that you could attend:
- First Aid at Work
- Working at Heights
- Sharps Awareness
- Manual Handling
- Abrasive Wheels
- UKATA Asbestos Awareness
Skills and Knowledge
As a Labourer, you’ll need to work well as a team under pressure when working to deadlines. You’ll need to have some knowledge of construction and good attention to detail.
Operating Plant Machinery
To operate machinery on-site, you must have a driving license and be 18 or above. You will also need the relevant NPORS card for the machine you are using.
CSCS Cards: How to apply for a Green Card
For more information, please look at our blog, CSCS Cards: How to apply for a Green Card.
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