Tilers cover walls or floors with tiles to provide smooth hygienic surfaces.

This page has information on the role of a tiler in the NHS, including entry requirements and skills needed. 

Working life

It is important that NHS buildings are kept in good repair. This is so that NHS hospitals, clinics and headquarters buildings are safe and pleasant places for patients, staff and visitors.

As a tiler in the NHS, your work involves

You may work on existing buildings or on newly-constructed buildings. You may be replacing small areas of damaged tiling or working on large projects.

Who will I work with?

For small repairs, you may work alone. On larger projects you'll work in a team, typically alongside other estates team staff such as painters, plumbers and carpenters. You may have to travel between sites in an NHS vehicle or your own van.

When tilers are working in a building, there may be staff and patients there, but tilers do not have direct contact with patients.

Tilers may work for companies who provide services to the NHS.

Entry requirements

Tilers who work in the NHS have experience and may have a qualification such as an NVQ in tiling.

There are no set entry requirements to train as a tiler. Employers expect good numeracy and literacy and may ask for GCSEs (or equivalent) in English and maths. Employers may ask for experience in construction. An apprenticeship in estates maintenance can provide you with this.

Employers may ask for a driving licence.

Skills needed

Tilers need to be

Training and development

When you start as a trainee tiler, your training will include

You will be expected to study for qualifications such as NVQs. You may also be encouraged to become multi-skilled by training in, for example, painting and decorating or plumbing.

The Tile Association runs technical seminars so tilers can keep up to date with new techniques.

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