Demolition operative

Demolition operative

Oversee the process of demolishing or part-demolishing structures

A demolition operative carries out the process of demolishing or part-demolishing structures ranging from standard brick and concrete buildings to bridges, industrial plants and power stations. It is a safety-critical role, utilising hand and power tools to carry out demolition work to strict operating procedures to ensure the demolition process is continuously and safely under control. By its very nature, it is a dangerous role, so all operatives are supervised at all times. Typical hazards are numerous and include falling debris, burning steel, cables and hot works, so, as an operative, you must constantly risk-assess surroundings to ensure safety to self and the wider team. You may be required to work at height, offshore, in confined spaces or in conjunction with other construction operations. Your typical duties will include using hand and power tools to remove internal parts of buildings such as doors, radiators and ceilings; using a range of heating and cutting equipment to burn through different types of metals; and carrying out lifting operations.


Duration: 24 months

Relevant school subjects: Business studies and maths

Entry requirements: Completion of the level 4 construction quantity surveying technician apprenticeship

Achievement upon completion: Level 2 (Intermediate)—equivalent to GCSEs

Potential salary upon completion: £25,000 per annum

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