A job as a scaffolder may be what you’re looking for. Scaffolders play an important role at construction sites and other venues, providing a strong and safe platform for tradies to do their work.
You’ll get to set up and take down scaffolding at a range of different sites – no two days are the same! You’ll be working with skilled people from a variety of trades, working together to achieve a common goal.
By becoming a qualified scaffolder, you can build a fulfilling career while playing an important role at construction sites across New Zealand
Scaffolders erect and take down scaffolding and working platforms used in construction and maintenance work. They may also set up structures at public events such as stands, tiered seating, and viewing platforms.
On any given day, you could be:
Scaffolders usually start off as a trainee under the supervision of a qualified scaffolder. Once you complete your training, you’ll receive the New Zealand Certificate in Scaffolding (Level 3).
From there, you can do further training to get qualified to Level 5. This will allow you to take on more specialised scaffolding roles or move up into supervisory roles.
As your experience grows, so will your career opportunities. Many scaffolders eventually go on to start their own business, or move into construction management or civil engineering roles.
Scaffolders need a special set of skills. You'll learn all the technical bits in your training, but for starters, you'll need to be:
As a trainee scaffolder, you’ll be working, learning, and earning money at the same time. You’ll work closely with experienced people at your company to learn everything you need to become a qualified scaffolder.
During your training, you'll learn the skills you need to become a scaffolder in two ways:
A supervisor at your company will support you to check you are working correctly and safely.
The nationwide construction boom means there is a high demand for skilled scaffolders.
Tradies are busy people! Your employer will appreciate having another tradie on board to help out with their list of jobs
A fresh pair of eyes can really help any business. Your unique attitudes and skills will help expand your employer’s ways of thinking and working.
As your employer trains you up, they’ll stay on top of the latest standards, keeping their business up-to-date with a changing industry.
You’re part of the “next generation” of tradies, making sure New Zealand continues to have a highly skilled trades workforce, well into the future.
Like any job, there are some basic skills that are very handy to have before you start as a scaffolder. These include:
Showing you already have these skills can make a good first impression on potential employers and help you get the job.
But don’t worry if you haven’t mastered all of these yet – most employers will be happy to train you up on any gaps you have
Your CV is probably the most important document in your search for an employer and a job. Make sure you write a CV that showcases your best skills and grabs the employer’s attention. Here are some tips for a winning CV:
Triple-check it for errors! Even the smallest typo or grammar mistake can put off an employer. Read through your CV several times before printing it off, and have friends or family check it too.
Right, you’ve got your CV sorted – now it’s time to find an employer who will offer you a job.
If you think about it, there are heaps of places you can look. Here are some suggestions:
If an employer has said they’re interested in talking to you – well done! Now’s your real chance to impress.
Remember that even the most casual, laid-back trades company is still a business. That means you have to act professional and make a strong first impression if you want the job.
If you have limited experience talking to business owners and managers, here are some quick tips to impress them: