Introduction to Cladding Occupations

Entry Requirements CSCS Green Card, London Resident Duration 5 weeks

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Register your interest in our Rainscreen Cladding bootcamp below.

Build a sustainable future with this free 5-week bootcamp, including work experience. Develop the skills and experience needed to meet the UKs Net Zero carbon targets, help improve the safety of the nations homes and launch a lucrative career as a specialist in Rainscreen Cladding.

What is Rainscreen Cladding?

Rainscreen cladding is an external panel façade system that protects a building's backing wall from the full force of the weather.

In a nutshell: Rainscreen cladding protects a building's backing wall from the elements.

Cladding systems can also improve thermal performance and enhance a building's appearance.

The Centre for Window and Cladding Technology (CWCT) defines a rainscreen cladding system as:

‘a wall comprising an outer skin of panels and an airtight insulated backing wall separated by a ventilated cavity. Some water may penetrate into the cavity but the rainscreen is intended to provide protection from direct rain’.

Typically rainscreens are formed of relatively thin, pre-fabricated panels.

The rainscreen itself simply prevents significant amounts of water from penetrating into the wall construction.

Thermal insulation, airtightness and structural stability are provided by the second, inner part of the wall construction.

The UK construction industry is experiencing a shortage of qualified and specialist cladding removal and installation experts following changes to the labour market over recent years. However, the demand for cladding skills in the UK has increased driven by new legislation, targets and funding for both sustainability and fire safety.

Who is the course for?

This course is aimed at new or recent entrants to the construction industry, living in London, with their CSCS Green-card or above.

The course will prepare learners for a career as a cladding specialist, providing the foundations and on-site experience needed to launch a new career.

Those without a CSCS green-card might be eligable for funded pre-employment training, learn more here.

Training and Qualifications

During this 5 week programme you will achieve the following training and qualifications:

  • Level 2 NVQ - Unit 1 - “Installing sheeting & Cladding Rainwater goods on roofs and walls in the workplace”
  • Power tools & Abrasive Wheels
  • PASMA Mobile Tower Training
  • Harness Training
  • Up to 2-weeks’ work experience with a local employer
  • Bespoke career advice and support
  • Interview with a recruiting employer

Entry requirements

  • A resident in the UK/Europe for at least the last 3 years
  • Must be a resident of a London Borough
  • Be aged 19+
  • Hold photographic ID
  • Hold a valid CSCS Green Card
  • Candidates must also be able to commit to attending the required times for the full duration of the programme (Absence is not permitted)


Completion of this Rainscreen Cladding Bootcamp provides opportunities to progress to further qualifications training and job prospects.

All courses are delivered in partnership with local employers, providing real on-site work experience and opportunities to interview as well as ongoing careers support from our dedicated Jobs Coaches.

Those successful in attaining a work placement following completion of the course may be eligable to complete their Level 2 NVQ by achieving the remaining units.

The Skills Centre also offers further construction qualification routes, including apprenticeships, short courses (including SSSTS and SMSTS) and alternative Construction NVQs.

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Ready to get started? We're hosting an enrolment day on 1st November 2023 - book a space today and come along to learn about the course and hear from employers.

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Funding and Delivery Partners

This course is funded by The Skills Bootcamps for Londoners programme. The £19m investment is awarded by The Greater London Authority, funded by The Department for Education, and is championing London’s skills offer and supporting Londoners into good jobs in London’s key sectors. The Mayor has awarded grants to organisations for the delivery of Wave 4 of the programme (FY 2023-24) including The Skills Centre.

The Rainscreen Cladding bootcamp has been developed by The Skills Centre through close collaboration with the CITB and industry employers including Transport for London's property company, TTLP and more.