Demolition operatives dismantle unsafe or obsolete buildings and structures. They strip out fittings, remove hazardous materials and salvage anything that can be reused, before employing tools, machines or explosives to demolish a structure.
Typical hours per week
42 - 44
How to become a demolition operative
While there are no formal qualifications needed to become a demolition operative, there are several routes you could take to help you pursue this career.
You could complete a college course or an apprenticeship or apply directly to an employer for work.
You should explore these routes to becoming a demolition operative, to find out which is the right one for you. Although some of these options have certain qualification requirements, many employers are more interested in people who are enthusiastic, willing to learn and can follow instructions.
You may need a (CSCS) card to work on a construction site.
To help you become a demolition operative, you could complete a college course, such as a Level 1 Certificate in Construction Skills, Level 2 Diploma in Construction Operations or Level 3 Diploma in Demolition.
You'll need :
If you are over 18, you could complete a demolition operative intermediate apprenticeship to help you on your career path.
If you are under 18, you could become a plant operative apprenticeship and move into demolition training once you reach 18.
You’ll need 2 - 3 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent for an intermediate apprenticeship.
Apprenticeships are open to anyone over the age of 16. As an apprentice, you will be fully employed by your company and expected to work a minimum of 30 hours a week.
Your time will be split between on-the-job experience and a college or training provider.
You may be able to find work as a construction labourer and, if you are over 18, your employer may help you train to become a demolition operative.
Alternatively, if you already have experience as a labourer, you could apply directly to an employer for a job as a demolition operative.
You may need some GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) in English and maths, or equivalent qualifications, for this.
Work experience is essential to gaining employment within the construction industry. You could gain this at school, or by working weekends and holidays with a company or relative who works as a demolition operative.
Potential employers will always be pleased to see work experience listed on your CV.
Desirable skills and personal qualities for a demolition operative include :
What does a demolition operative do?
As a demolition operative you will be responsible for helping to clear a site ready for a new construction project. This could involve working with hammers, drills, or explosive.
The job role of a demolition operative involves the following duties :
What's it like to be a demolition operative?
How much could you earn as a demolition operative?
The expected salary for a demolition operative varies as you become more experienced.
Hours and salary depend on location, employer and any overtime you may do.