Formworkers make temporary structures out of wood or metal for use in moulding concrete.
The Role
  • Formworkers are needed whenever anything is built out of concrete, including bridges, foundations, beams and staircases.
  • They build a structure on site using wood or put together a metal frame that was made elsewhere.
  • An important part of the job is dismantling the casts without damaging them, so that they can be used again.
  • A formworker is skilled in the precise measuring, cutting and shaping of wood or metal and also works closely with people pouring the concrete.
  • Once the formwork is built it must be checked for accuracy.
  • It is the formworker’s responsibility to produce concrete blocks of exactly the right shape and size for whatever they are helping to build.
  • Newly trained formworkers can earn in the region of £19,000 - £25,000
  • Trained with experience formworkers can earn in the region of £25,000 - £30,000
  • Experienced formworkers can earn in excess of £30,000
Salaries depend on location, employer and any overtime you may have done. Self-employed formworkers set their own pay rates.
Qualifications & Training
There are no set qualifications to become a formworker but it helps to have Standard Grades/National 4 or 5s, GCSEs or or in Wales, the Welsh Baccalaureate. A good understanding of maths and technology is important because you have to work to precise measurements using wood and metal. Employers often look for people with on-site experience.  If you have not worked in construction before, you could start out as a labourer. Then your employer may train you as a formworker. You can also do an apprenticeship in Wood Occupations SVQ/NVQ Level 1, 2 and 3. The Institute of Carpenters or the British Woodworking Federation's site Wow I made That! offers more information.