Cavity insulation installers fit insulation and soundproofing materials in buildings.
Salary Range: £12,000 to £30,000
How to become a cavity insulation installer
You can get into this job through:
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
- applying directly
You could do a college course, which may help when you look for a trainee job after you finish. Courses include:
- Level 1 Award in Construction Crafts
- Level 2 Certificate in Construction Operations
- Level 2 Certificate in Construction and Building Crafts
You may need:
- 2 or fewer GCSEs at grades 3 to 1 (D to G), or equivalent, for a level 1 course
- 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course
You could complete an intermediate apprenticeship in construction insulation and building treatments, or a thermal insulation operative intermediate apprenticeship.
You’ll usually need:
- some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship
You could apply directly for jobs. Employers will usually look for GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) in English, maths or design and technology. Experience in construction, for example brickwork, could be useful.
- you’ll need a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card or equivalent to train and work on a construction site
You can find out more about working in cavity insulation from Go Construct.
What it takes
Skills and knowledge
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- the ability to work well with others
- the ability to use your initiative
- persistence and determination
- patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
- leadership skills
- the ability to come up with new ways of doing things
- knowledge of building and construction
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
Restrictions and requirements
You may need a driving licence for some jobs.
What you’ll do
Your day-to-day duties could include:
- carrying out and writing up pre-installation surveys
- marking out ventilation, wiring and pipework ducts in walls, and sealing openings, like air vents
- working out the volume of space to be filled, and the amount of insulation needed
- drilling holes into the walls of a building
- injecting insulation materials into cavity spaces through the holes in a specific order
- re-filling the holes and re-pointing mortar
- checking all airbricks and flues are clear
- making sure materials and methods used meet building regulations
You could work at a client’s home or at a client’s business.
Your working environment may be at height, cramped and physically demanding.
Career path and progression
With experience, you could become a team leader or estimator, set up your own installation business, or move into wider construction trades.