Builder's Labourer

Builder’s labourers assist tradespeople on building and construction sites by doing a range of unskilled and semi-skilled manual labouring jobs.  They may perform tasks including:

  • unloading, carrying and stacking building materials and placing tools and equipment in position;
  • digging trenches for footings and services using hand tools and jackhammers if necessary;
  • helping to erect and dismantle scaffolding (subject to certification), ramps, catwalks, barricades and warning lights;
  • mixing, pouring and spreading concrete; and cleaning surfaces for painters.

Builder’s labourers may specialise by working with particular tradespeople as a trades assistant, such as bricklayer’s labourer or carpenter’s assistant.  They may also become specialist construction workers such as steelfixers, doggers, riggers, scaffolders or concrete workers.
On completion of a job, builder’s labourers have to apply to new sites for their next job.  If they work for a building or bricklaying subcontractor, new work sites may be organised for them.  Builder’s labourers work with other tradespeople on building and construction sites.  They mostly work outdoors.

Personal Requirements

  • physically fit
  • able to work as part of a team
  • able to work at a constant pace
  • like outdoor work
  • able to follow precise directions

Education and Training

There are no specific educational requirements for entry to this job.  Training is given on the job. Your chances of finding a job may be improved if you have formal qualifications.

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