Weekend work in dusty lofts may not sound like an ideal vocation, but becoming a cavity insulation installer is a worthwhile career to consider for those who are both good with their hands and want to make a difference to their local community. With trainees earning between £12-14,000 a year, rising to £20,000 a year with experience, it offers plenty of progressive opportunities and practical skills to enhance CVs.
So if you’re considering being a cavity insulation installer, here’s what you need to become successful:
It goes without saying that you must have some construction skills, including operation of power tools and basic brickwork. Tasks like injecting insulation materials can be taught on the job or through a specialist course, but it’s a necessary requirement that you are good with your hands. Whether you show this with experience or additional qualifications, you’ll also need to show that you can follow both written and spoken instructions from others when it comes to operating different types of equipment, to not only perform with accuracy and precision, but also to ensure your own safety.
There’s also a certain amount of writing ability that you’ll need to be able to demonstrate. Reports need to be created for both customers and managers when it comes to drafting and explaining your plans. You’ll also need to carry out surveys and make notes whilst doing so to ensure you perform your job proficiently. A knowledge of your timetables is also needed (well, not specifically), as maths skills are a major element of your profession. As well as working out cavity space sizes, you’ll also need to accurately predict the quantities of materials are needed for each individual job. Wasted materials won’t look good on your record, so you’ll need to use sums and equations to ensure you have enough to use on the day in advance.
It also requires a large amount of team working and face to face interaction with others. It’s unlikely that you’ll be task to undergo domestic insulation procedures by yourself, so diplomacy and friendliness towards others are essential when working in a team to guarantee you perform efficiently. You’ll also have to interact with customers in an informative and friendly manner, so it’s important to have a smile and approach your job with a positive attitude.
Some up to date legal knowledge will also benefit your time working for cavity or loft contractors, as health and safety elements will have to be considered to ensure the protection of you and your team members when carrying out specialist procedures. You’ll also have to ensure that any materials used are suitable and meet building regulations, demonstrating how an active interest in the legal requirements of your job is very important.
Whilst the hours may be long and the conditions may be cramped, working as a cavity insulation installer can be an incredibly rewarding profession. Not only is it a career in constant demand, but by helping others who need the insulation, including those on low incomes and the elderly, your work is making a positive contribution to lives of many across the country by helping them to keep warm at winter, as well as throughout the year.