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Tiling apprenticeship

Discussion in 'Tiling Forum' started by kelvin, Mar 15, 2019.

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  1. kelvin

    kelvin Member of Tilers Forums

    Ladies & Gents,

    My son has been offered an interview for a tiling apprenticeship, its 4 yrs and the college is in Glasgow on block release, working with a 1 man band who has lots of work & good reputation.

    My questions are if you would be so kind:
    1) what can he comfortably earn thru years 1-4 as an apprentice.
    2) what kind of day rate can he earn once qualified as a tiler.
    3) what is the best route to go down to earn the best money.

    Would be very grateful to hear your experience & advice please.

    Many thanks in Advance.
     
  2. pdc

    pdc Only a Handyman... Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler

    1, Whatever he's being paid as an apprentice.
    2, Depends where he is in the country and what level of quality he's capable of.
    3, Experience can't be rushed. Money follows reputation and quality.
     
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  3. Boggs

    Boggs Professional Tiler

    Location:
    Uk
    The national minimum wage for an apprentice is £3.70 per hour.
     
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  4. timeless john

    timeless john Moderator - trainee Staff Member Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

    Location:
    North East England
    That’s slave labour!
    £30 a day.
     
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  5. Boggs

    Boggs Professional Tiler

    Location:
    Uk
    I agree, but it’s a lot more than I got when I started.
    £40 a week for my first year, £70 a week second year and £150 a week third year.
    Didn’t earn a full wage until the end of my 5th year.
     
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  6. jcrtiling

    jcrtiling Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler TTA Member Top Contributor

    Location:
    Salisbury
    Apprentice wages are always rubbish . But you are investing in the future . You could probably get him a job that pays more but he will probably be earning the same at that job in ten years time as he would be now .
     
  7. impish

    impish Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler Top Contributor

    Location:
    Preston, Lancs
    A decent employer would pay more than the minimum if he warranted it.
    I would after a little trial period.
     
  8. antonio

    antonio Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

    Location:
    italy
    what short arms have in the UK
     
  9. Andy Allen

    Andy Allen Metro specialist & forum entertainer! Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

    Location:
    Gloucester
    Think it's gone up to £3.90 an hour this year...
     
  10. Andy Allen

    Andy Allen Metro specialist & forum entertainer! Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

    Location:
    Gloucester
    I was on £27.00 a week when I started...
    (TJ was on 5 shillings)...:)
     
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  11. Bathfix Bob

    Bathfix Bob Professional Tiler

    Its probably a good thing I only earned £29.50 a week when I was 16 as I would have blown it all by Thursday anyway even if it was £500
    I bought drink, cigs, scratchcards, fruit machine etc and if I had any left over I'd waste it.
     
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  12. kelvin

    kelvin Member of Tilers Forums

    Thanks for answering question no 1.

    What about questions 2 & 3 ball park and assuming he is good at his job, I respect your not going to tell me what you earn.
     
  13. jcrtiling

    jcrtiling Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler TTA Member Top Contributor

    Location:
    Salisbury
    Their are to many variables . For instance if he is a knuckle dragger he isn't going to get high end work in a 3 million pound mansion . But also if he can charm the birds from the trees he could do well . He may be suited to site work if he can do lots of metres.
    Just know it's a decent job if he applies himself and takes an interest in what he is doing but he is not going to earn what a barrister will .
    I know I couldn't earn as much as I do doing anything else but I am self employed and get reasonable work .
     
  14. Waluigi

    Waluigi Top Contributor

    Location:
    UK
    Anyone can make good money in any trade.

    Day rate doesn’t come into it really. Price work is where often the highest earning is. Supplying materials, adding a margin onto these materials is all money in your pocket for doing very little.

    You can also make good money on a day rate if you specialise in certain fields within the industry.

    That said, the questions are all money related and not everyone is driven by money. First and foremost he has to enjoy what he does. If he enjoys it then he will be interested in what he does and want to constantly improve. Once he has reached a quality level then he might earn some nice money, if he wants it. It’s all relative to the lifestyle you want to live.

    I probably spent 5 years of my career as a workaholic. Looking back now I see that as wasted time. Nowadays I just mooch along doing my own thing.

    Sorry for the long post. Just teach your Son how to be happy.
     
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  15. impish

    impish Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler Top Contributor

    Location:
    Preston, Lancs
    Wisest words in a long time! :)




    (...and money isn't the key)
     
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