A maintenance operative is someone who carries out a variety of tasks around buildings, to keep them in good repair. Duties can include activities such as fixing roofs, painting walls, or fitting doors and skirting boards.
Typical hours per week
35 - 40
How to become a maintenance operative
There are several routes to becoming a maintenance operative. You could do a college course, an apprenticeship, or apply directly to an employer.
You should explore these routes 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.
College / training provider
You could complete a college course in a construction-related craft, such as painting and decorating, carpentry, plastering, or more, to help you gain some of the practical skills required to become a maintenance operative.
Entry requirements will vary but you’ll generally need 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent to enrol on a practical training course.
You could complete an apprenticeship to become a maintenance operative.
A Level 2 apprenticeship in Maintenance Operations with a construction company is a good way into the industry.
You could also complete an intermediate or advanced apprenticeship in a construction trade like plumbing, carpentry or tiling.
For an apprenticeship you'll usually need :
Apprenticeships are open to anyone over the age of 16. As an apprentice, you’ll 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.
If you have some basic experience, you could apply directly to a construction company to gain experience as a maintenance operative.
You might start out as an assistant to a more experienced maintenance operative and progress as your abilities improve.
You could volunteer to help out with DIY jobs for a housing association or charity. This would give you the chance to pick up skills and make contacts, which may lead to paid work.
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 maintenance operative.
Potential employers will always be pleased to see work experience listed on your CV.
Additional skills which may benefit anyone considering a job as a maintenance operative include :
What does a maintenance operative do?
As a maintenance operative, you will be responsible for maintaining, repairing, or fixing a variety of things within, or on the outside of buildings.
Duties may include painting and decorating, fixing leaks in roofs, or assembling furniture.
The job role of a maintenance operative may involve the following duties :
How much could you earn as a maintenance operative?
The expected salary for a maintenance operative varies as you become more experienced.
Hours and salary depend on location, employer and any overtime you may do.