The route to the job
To become a scaffold builder, you do not need any prior knowledge or previous training.
You get the training at the company as an apprentice.
When applying for a job, you need to produce a short document about yourself – a CV. List where you’ve worked before and give a little more about yourself. There’s an easy to complete CV template here to help you.
Use the “Where are the jobs?” map. Find a company near you and contact them.
Apply for the job!
The scaffolding industry is in constant need of new employees. Send an introduction about yourself to a company that would suit you or call them directly.
At the interview, it’s important that you’re dressed in clean, smart clothes. Sleep well and have your favourite breakfast. Don’t forget to ask the person interviewing you questions. As well as them finding a new employee, you have to find a good employer.
Overview of the labour market
The industry is in great need of workers. STIB has around 120 member companies, making up 70% of the industry. All companies in STIB are linked to collective working agreements, which means that as an employee you’re treated fairly. The collective agreement regulates things like your salary and working hours.
Tips for looking for scaffolding work
You must be able to work at heights and you need to be physically fit. You like to work as part of a team and want to see results each day.
To work in the scaffolding industry, you must have a basic knowledge of either Swedish or English. The glossary on bliställningsbyggare.se is there to help you. There it’s easy to practise words that are important and useful to know in the workplace.
When you are employed as an apprentice, you receive an apprentice’s wage. It gradually increases throughout the training period. The apprenticeship and time till you’re qualified is 42 months, about three and a half years.
Scaffolders change location frequently, sometimes several times a day. With some companies, you also get to see other parts of Sweden, working for a few days or more in a different city. You usually work outdoors in all weathers.
There are various career opportunities as a scaffolder. When you have finished the apprenticeship period, you are a qualified scaffolder. From there you can advance to become a first fitter, project leader or project manager, for example.