Maintenance operatives keep buildings in good running order by carrying out general repairs and maintenance.
The Role
  • Repairing roofing and guttering
  • Painting walls
  • Hanging doors and fitting skirting boards
  • Repairing or re-building walls
  • Fitting kitchens and bathrooms, and tile walls and floors
  • Undertaking small plumbing repairs and minor electrical tasks
  • Performing checks on security and fire appliances
  • Masonry work such as external walls or steps, laying slabs, erecting fences, laying vinyl flooring, and glazing and replacing glass
  • Physically demanding so a maintenance operative must be fit
  • Newly Trained maintenance operatives can earn in the region of £20,000 - £25,000
  • Trained with experience maintenance operatives can earn in the region of £25,000 - £30,000
  • Self-employed maintenance operatives set their own pay rates
Salaries depend on location, employer and any overtime you may do.
Qualifications & Training
You do not need any specific qualifications but it helps to have the Welsh Baccalaureate, GCSEs at grade 9-4 (A*-C)  in maths and English. A good way into this career is through an apprenticeship, where you work towards NVQ Level 2 in Maintenance Operations. To search for apprenticeship vacancies in your area, visit the Government's vacancy matching site, or in Wales, Careers Wales.