Ceiling / Partition fixer recruitment agency listing
Ceiling fixers have an important role to play in major construction projects, as they install suspended ceilings that are used to cover heating pipework, wiring and air conditioning systems.
The job is often referred to as interior systems fixer or partitions fixer, with staff asked to cut and fit dry lining partitions, as well as work on ceiling panels, insulation and raised access flooring.
It is a skilled role that requires the ability to use tools and understand technical plans, together with a head for heights. As such, anyone who wants to gain employment as a ceiling fixer needs to be trained by experienced workers.
The most common entry route into the trade is to obtain an apprenticeship with a large construction company or an established building contractor that specialises in fit-out work. Typically, an apprentice will study towards an NVQ level 2 in interior systems and be paid around £13,000 a year.
Alternatively, workers can obtain employment as a labourer with a firm involved in major projects, such as new office blocks, shopping malls and hospitals, and learn ceiling fixing skills on the job. However, they will eventually need to gain some kind of certificate to demonstrate their expertise if they wish to move to another job.
Construction companies have permanent positions for ceiling and partition fixers, with salaries ranging from £18,000 to £27,000 depending on experience.
However, many firms in the industry only need these skills on a temporary basis as and when projects reach the fit-out stage. Specialist trades recruitment agencies always have qualified staff who are available for short-term work on their books.