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Access flooring is a raised floor system installed in differing building situations that may include offices, communication centres, financial dealing rooms and data processing centres. The platform floor hides, but gives easy access to, services such as data communications cabling and electrics.

The access floorer positions and fixes the floor pedestals and tiles. Because these floors are created specifically for each job, the access floorer has to be able to understand drawing plans.

Salaries

Starting salaries can be between £13,000 and £17,500 per year. As a specialist and with experience this can rise to between £25,000 to £35,000.

Qualifications and Training

There are no formal academic qualifications necessary to become an Access Floorer although it is generally recommended to achieve a GCSE in Maths and English at grade C or above. However, there are some vocational qualifications that can help gain employment including Level 2 S/NVQ in Interior Systems. Apprenticeships will usually involve work and college-based training. Training in health and safety is usually required too.

Role and responsibilites

An Access Floorer will work alongside many other construction professionals including electricians and plumbers. It is a fairly physically demanding role, with lots of kneeling down, lifting and carrying involved.

Typical tasks include:

  • Working alongside contractors and other construction workers
  • Providing solutions and strategies to clients
  • Interpreting drawings
  • Cleaning areas where flooring will be installed
  • Gluing and nailing floor coverings into place
  • Using specialist tools and access flooring techniques
  • Visiting and assessing potential new projects

Career Path

In the construction industry, it is possible to work up from craft-level positions to managerial roles, such as construction site manager or project manager. Employers will be more interested in those who have on-site experience, which can be gained through prior working as a labourer.