Fencer, fencing worker
Fence installers fit and repair fences and gates.
Salary Range: £15,000 to £40,000
How to become a fence installer
You can get into this job through:
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
- applying directly
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.
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
You can do a fencing installer intermediate apprenticeship.
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
You can apply directly to employers if you have some experience in a practical job like landscape gardening or construction.
You can find out more about working in the fencing industry from the Association of Fencing Industries.
What it takes
Skills and knowledge
- 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.
What you’ll do
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
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.
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.