As a tiler you would cover walls or floors with tiles, on jobs ranging from tiling a kitchen or bathroom, to fitting out a shop, hotel or restaurant. Some tilers also carry out specialist work, for instance on swimming pools and mosaic walls found in landscape gardening.
- marking out an area to estimate the amount of tiles and adhesive needed (known as setting out)
- cutting tiles to size and shape with hand-cutters or bench-mounted tools
- preparing surfaces by levelling off with plaster, sand or cement
- fixing the tiles and applying grout before finishing off
- repairing or removing the previous surface before the setting out stage
- working with various building materials.
- Computer aided design CAD software: e.g. EasyCAD Iris 2D, TileGem
- Customer relationship management CRM software: e.g. Salesforce software
- Data base user interface and query software: e.g. Aya Associates Comp-U-Floor
- Office suite software: e.g. Apple iWork, Google Drive, LibreOffice, Microsoft Office, OpenOffice.org
- Project management software: e.g. Microsoft Project
- 32,178 tilers are employed in the UK.
- New job opportunities are very likely in the future.
- 9 to 5
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Route to Employment
- Constructionand the Built Environment
Besides the college and apprenticeship routes, you may be able to start as a site labourer and do further training on the job to qualify as a tiler. You'll need a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card or equivalent to train and work on a construction site.
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