Scaffolders put up and take down scaffolding that allows workers to reach the higher levels of buildings during construction, cleaning and renovation projects.
You might use scaffolding methods to put up temporary spectator stands, stages or gantries at public events. You could also build the scaffold around the formwork and shuttering that holds setting concrete in place on large structures like bridges (known as falsework).
Scaffolding is mainly an outdoor job that involves working in most weather conditions. The work can be physically demanding, with a lot of climbing and lifting of heavy equipment.
In this job you would need to be able to follow instructions accurately. You would need a good sense of balance. You would also need to be physically fit and have good hand-eye coordination.
To get into this job you would usually start out as a trainee and gain qualifications on the job. You may be able to get into this job through an Apprenticeship scheme.
Much of your work will be at heights, and you would wear a safety helmet, protective footwear and a safety harness.
You would travel from site to site, and some projects may involve overnight stays away from home.