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Demolition operative (level 2)

Carrying out the process of demolishing or part-demolishing structures ranging from standard brick and concrete buildings to bridges, industrial plants and power stations.

Qualification level
Equivalent to GCSE.
Typical duration
24 months
Apprenticeship category
Construction and the built environment
Maximum funding
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
Skills an apprentice will learn
  • Health, Safety & Environment Protection: Carry out point of work risk assessments
  • Health, Safety & Environment Protection: Identify and report hazards, unsafe conditions and uncontrolled demolition operations
  • Health, Safety & Environment Protection: Follow and apply the safe systems of work, permits and seek authorisation including the discovery of hazardous materials
  • Health, Safety & Environment Protection: Identify when an area is or potentially becomes a confined space and carry out the necessary confined space precautions
  • Health, Safety & Environment Protection: Wear the correct Personal Protective Equipment for the demolition operations to be carried out, inspect and store when not in use
  • Health, Safety & Environment Protection: Work safely in varying conditions around the site including at height, in close proximity to other operations, contaminated ground, plant and lifting equipment
  • Demolition Procedures & Methods: Limitations and when to hand the work over to the Demolition Topman
  • Demolition Procedures & Methods: Identify different materials and components of a structure
  • Demolition Procedures & Methods: Calculate and quantify materials for removal from site
  • Demolition Procedures & Methods: Apply the safest and most appropriate process to the demolition task
  • Demolition Procedures & Methods: Recognise when the task is not going to the plan and when to stop and seek advice or hand over to the Topman
  • Hand & Power Tools for Demolition Operations: Select the correct tool, carry out pre-use checks and identify any faults with hand and power tools and remote-controlled demolition equipment
  • Hand & Power Tools for Demolition Operations: Report defects and dispose of faulty tools and equipment following the correct procedure
  • Hand & Power Tools for Demolition Operations: Demonstrate how to use hand and power tools safely along with remote controlled equipment for the demolition task to be completed
  • Hand & Power Tools for Demolition Operations: Leave tools and equipment in a safe state and store in the appropriate location on completion
  • Fuel Cutting Operations: Select and identify the correct type of cutting equipment associated with the work to be completed
  • Fuel Cutting Operations: Set up equipment and carry out daily per use checks, identify faults, report any defects and condemn unsuitable and faulty equipment
  • Fuel Cutting Operations: Apply different types of cut in relation to varying situations, material types and thickness relating to non-structural steel beams at ground level
  • Lifting & Demolition Plant Operatives: Carry out all work safely in line with legislation and official guidance
  • Lifting & Demolition Plant Operatives: Read and follow a lift plan and demonstrate how to complete the work exactly to the detail
  • Lifting & Demolition Plant Operatives: Select the correct accessories for the load to be lifted
  • Lifting & Demolition Plant Operatives: Utilise various types of lifting accessory to sling and lift loads
  • Lifting & Demolition Plant Operatives: Guide demolition plant to carry out operations using a range of communication methods
  • Communication: Communicate clearly with all internal and external personnel using the correct terminology
  • Communication: Use a range of communication methods including radios and hand signals
  • Team Working: Demonstrate a strong ability to work as part of a team working cooperatively with others
  • Team Working: Provide support to other team members as required
  • Team Working: Demonstrate a clear understanding of your role and limitations
  • Team Working: Undertake all tasks responsibly and apply safe working practices

Full information on Demolition operative (level 2) is available from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

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