Fence installers put up and repair fences, gates and other barriers. These can be made from things like wood, wire, plastic, concrete, or metal.
- Remove old fencing
- Read fence drawings and plans
- Measure and lay out new fence lines
- Level the ground where fencing is going to go
- Use hand tools or mechanical diggers to dig post holes
- Position wooden, concrete or metal posts, and fix them to a base
- Cut panels to size and fix them to the posts
- Apply finishes like paint, staining and weatherproofing
- Repair fences and gate systems
Fence installers can work for small specialist fencing companies and building companies. They can also be self-employed and work for different customers and building companies.
Fence installers mainly work outdoors and in all weathers.
Most fence installers work between 37 and 40 hours a week.
Starting salary – £18,000. Trends -2.2% decline leading to: 5,489 fewer jobs by 2027.
There are no set entry requirements for this role however the work involves taking measurements, doing calculations, reading instructions, and understanding plans and diagrams. Most employers will want you to have some qualifications, whereas some employers may be more flexible.
You can apply directly to employers if you have some experience in a practical job like landscape gardening or construction.
You could also apply for an apprenticeship. If you have an EHCP you may be able to apply under the DfE exemption which allows the apprentice to use Entry Level 3 English and Maths qualifications. The apprentice would have to be competent enough to successfully achieve all other aspects of the apprenticeship requirements, become occupationally competent and achieve Entry Level 3 in English and Maths before the end of their apprenticeship.
College – you could start off with a Certificate in Pathways to Construction in Entry Level 3 or Level 1.