Wall and floor tilers lay ceramic, clay, slate, marble, glass and other types of tiles on external and internal walls and floors to provide protective and decorative finishes.
To become a wall and floor tiler you usually have to complete an apprenticeship in Wall and Floor Tiling. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10. For more details, see Section 2. Ask your career adviser about the possibility of starting some of this training in school.
Wall and floor tilers may perform the following tasks:
Wall and floor tilers sometimes work in confined areas where bending and kneeling is required. They lift and carry cement and stacks of tiles. They sometimes work at heights using ladders or scaffolding. Most tilers work in small teams and move frequently from one job location to another.
Most tilers are either self-employed or work for small privately owned firms that carry out contract building work. A few are employed by firms manufacturing or selling tiles. They work mainly in cities or wherever large-scale building projects are under construction. Much of the work is undertaken on new buildings, including houses, shops, offices, factories and swimming pools. Wall and floor tilers also carry out renovations to existing buildings. Demand for wall and floor tilers is closely linked to the level of construction activity.