Formworkers make temporary structures from metal or wood, which are used to mould concrete. Wet cement is poured into the casts and left to set, before being removed to leave shaped pieces, such as beams and staircases, for use in constructions.
You could be:
working from a technical drawing or plan to work out the required materials
precisely measuring and cutting pieces of wood or metal
shaping the pieces as required for the design
building a metal frame or wooden structure, that the concrete gets poured into
positioning the structure and using rods or stakes for support
assisting with the pouring of the concrete into the structure
dismantling and cleaning the structure carefully after the concrete is set so that it can be reused
ensuring that you meet all required standards of health and safety.
The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:
where you work
the size of the company or organisation you work for
the demand for the job.
As of June 2023 the Building and Allied Trades Joint Industrial Council (BATJIC) recommends the following rates for a 2-year apprenticeship based on a 39-hour week are:
Year 1 – £237.46 (£6.09 an hour)
Year 2 – £316.02 (£8.10 an hour).
Please note these rates may vary if the Apprentice is 21 years old or over and has completed the first year of their apprenticeship. National Minimum Wage (NMW) and National Living Wage (NLW) will apply.
Once qualified and with experience the rate can rise to around £19 an hour.
You are based on a construction site, where you work outside in all weathers.
The job involves bending, stretching and some heavy lifting.
You would work around 40 hours a week, sometimes doing overtime in the evenings and at weekends.
You would wear protective gear such as a hard hat and high visibility jacket.