Builders' merchant

DIY store worker yard manager DIY sales assistant
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What's it like?

You would sell and hire out products for use in DIY and professional building.

You would deal with products such as:

  • Timber
  • Bricks
  • Decorating materials
  • Plumbing supplies
  • Tools
  • Gardening equipment

You would:

  • Advise customers about products
  • Load and unload deliveries by hand or with a forklift truck
  • Process orders and handle payments
  • Move goods to storage areas
  • Put orders together and organise deliveries

If you work in a large DIY store you may also assist with general sales.

With experience, you could work as a team leader or yard manager. You would have more responsibilities, such as training staff, ordering stock and enforcing health and safety rules.

Working conditions

Hours

You would work between 35 and 40 hours a week. Large DIY outlets usually have extended opening hours over evenings and weekends. You may have to work shifts, and part-time hours are often available. In smaller stores your hours may be more regular.

Environment

You would divide your time between the store and the yard. Most of your time would be spent on your feet and the job could involve some lifting and carrying of heavy materials. Your employer would usually provide you with a uniform and safety footwear.

UK employment status

Full-time

Part-time

Self employed

Here are some of the skills that people in this job would be most likely to have:

  • Communicating with people
  • Helping customers
  • Communicating ideas through writing
  • Being physically fit
  • Time management
  • Working with numbers

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Getting in

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Qualifications

You do not need any formal qualifications but employers will look for a good general standard of education.

Useful subjects

  • Maths
  • English
  • ICT
  • Administrative and business subjects

Helpful to have

You may be able to get into this career through a Modern Apprenticeship with a building supplies firm or DIY store and work towards Scottish Vocational Qualification in Warehousing & Storage (SVQ level 2).

Previous experience in construction, warehousing or retail could be helpful although not essential.

A driving licence may be preferred.