Cavity insulation installer

loft insulation installer insulator
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What's it like?

You would inject insulation materials into the space in walls, roofs and lofts so people’s homes and other buildings are warmer and cheaper to heat.

You’d make the buildings more fuel-efficient so they’d use less energy.

You’d do a survey before the installation to work out which methods and materials to use. You’d write a report for the customer and your manager.

You’d work out the volume of space that needs to be filled and calculate how much insulation will be needed.

In the building, you would:

  • Mark the ventilation, wiring and pipework ducts in walls
  • Seal up openings such as air vents
  • Drill a pattern of holes into the walls
  • Inject insulation materials into the spaces in the walls through the holes
  • Fill the holes and re-point the mortar, so it matches the original colour of the walls
  • Check that all the airbricks and flues are clear

You need to make sure that the materials and methods you and the team use meet building regulations.

You’d use special tools including hand-held electric and pneumatic drills, and injection pumps. You’d often work from a ladder, scaffolding or cradle equipment, so you’d need to follow health and safety rules.

You might also fit soundproofing materials in a building or sometimes remove insulation materials, for example for a demolition job.

Working conditions

Hours

You would work up to 45 hours a week, which may include weekends.

Environment

The job is physically demanding at times and you may be required to work in cramped conditions, for example when laying loft insulation.

Travel

A driving licence may be needed as you would travel from job to job.

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:

  • Working as part of a team
  • Following instructions
  • Helping customers
  • Working with your hands
  • Being physically fit
  • Solving mathematical problems

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Getting in

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Qualifications

No formal qualifications are required.

You could get into this role after completing a construction Modern Apprenticeship or completing a general construction course at college in: 

  • Building crafts
  • Construction and building
  • Practical construction skills

Useful subjects

  • English
  • Maths
  • Practical technologies subjects

Helpful to have

Qualifications that show an understanding of the industry, ability with power tools and knowledge of basic brickwork such as Skills for Work Construction (SCQF level 4/5).

A general construction or pre-employment course may be helpful.