Fence installer

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Fencer, fencing worker

Fence installers fit and repair fences and gates.

Salary Range: £15,000 to £40,000

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How to become a fence installer

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • applying directly
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College

You can start by doing a college course, for example:

  • Level 1 Award in Construction Skills
  • Level 2 Diploma in Carpentry and Joinery

This would teach you some of the skills needed for the job. You could then look for a trainee job with a fencing company.

Entry requirements

You’ll usually need:

  • 2 or fewer GCSEs at grades 3 to 1 (D to G), or equivalent, for a level 1 course
  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course

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Apprenticeship

You can do a fencing installer intermediate apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

There are no set entry requirements but it may help you to get in if you have:

  • some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship

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Direct application

You can apply directly to employers if you have some experience in a practical job like landscape gardening or construction.

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Further information

You can find out more about working in the fencing industry from the Association of Fencing Industries.

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You’ll need:

  • knowledge of building and construction
  • knowledge of maths
  • the ability to work well with others
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to operate and control equipment
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • the ability to organise your time and workload
  • customer service skills
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Restrictions and requirements

You’ll need to:

  • have a good level of fitness

You’ll need a Fencing Industry Skills Scheme/Construction Skills Certification Scheme (FISS/CSCS) card before you can work on construction sites or Highways Agency contracts.

You may need a driving licence for some jobs.

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What you’ll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day duties may include:

  • removing old fencing
  • reading fence drawings and plans
  • measuring and laying out new fence lines
  • levelling the ground
  • using hand tools or mechanical diggers
  • positioning wooden, concrete or metal posts, and fixing them to a base
  • cutting panels to size and fixing them to the posts
  • painting and weatherproofing fences

Working environment

You could work on a construction site, in the countryside or at a client’s business.

Your working environment may be outdoors in all weathers.

You may need to wear safety clothing and use safety equipment.

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Career path and progression

You could become a lead installer, foreperson, or move into contract management, quantity surveying, health and safety or fencing sales.

You could also set up your own business.