Fencing (England)

Framework status: Current (latest) issue

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Framework ID: FR02821
Issue number: 5
Issued: 17 June 2014

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Contact name: Julie Murphy
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Defining Apprenticeships

An Apprenticeship is a job with an accompanying skills development programme under an Apprenticeship Agreement designed by employers in the sector. It allows the apprentice to gain technical knowledge and real practical experience, along with functional and personal skills, required for their immediate job and future career. These are acquired through a mix of learning in the workplace, formal off the job training and the opportunity to practice and
embed new skills in a real work context. This broader mix differentiates the Apprenticeship experience from training delivered to meet narrowly focused job needs.

All apprentices commencing their Apprenticeship must have an Apprenticeship Agreement between the employer and the apprentice. This can be used to reinforce the understanding of the requirements of the Apprenticeship.

On completion of the Apprenticeship the apprentice must be able to undertake the full range of duties, in the range of circumstances appropriate to the job, confidently and competently to the standard set by the industry.

The Fencing Industry

The Fencing industry covers a number of sub-sectors including agricultural fencing, high security fencing, vehicle restraint systems, residential, environmental, as well as automatic gates and access barriers. The industry comprises of over 3,000 businesses in the UK with 2750 based in England. The industry is dominated by micro-businesses (fewer than ten people); these account for around 85% of businesses.  However, there are some major companies employing in excess of 100 employees.

Fences can be simple or incredibly high tech, purely functional or decorative. They have a variety of purposes including: providing protection for people, buildings, animals, vehicles or goods; providing simple demarcation; public safety; and reducing sound levels. A high level of skill is required to install these fence structures correctly and safely.  A fully trained and qualified fence installer and supervisor have skills comparable with any other crafts person or supervisor. To support the professionalism within the industry there is a widely recognised skills card scheme, Fencing Industry Skills Scheme/Construction Skills Certification Scheme (FISS/CSCS). It is vital that the industry has qualifications for those wishing to enter or already in the industry so that they can maintain high levels of health and safety and high standards of work.

The Intermediate Apprenticeship in Fencing and the Advanced Apprenticeship are skills development programmes which have been designed by employers in the sector.  It allows apprentices to gain technical knowledge and real practical experience, along with functional and personal skills, required for their immediate job and future career.  These skills are acquired through a mix of learning in the workplace, formal off the job training and the opportunity to practice and embed new skills in a real work context.  Prior to signing up an apprentice, the training provider must work closely with the employer to ensure that the full Apprenticeship requirements can be met and that the apprentice will be employed in a job role with a productive purpose.

The Intermediate Apprenticeship in Fencing provides an entry route into the sector and is appropriate for those learners moving into a new job.  With the introduction of the Advanced Apprenticeship, a clear progression route is provided for learners who have completed the Intermediate Apprenticeship or equivalent and require significant additional/new/higher level knowledge and skills.  Following successful completion there are many opportunities available, which could include specialising within the profession, or progressing into Further/Higher Education.

Research carried out by Lantra found that over recent years the industry has undergone significant changes and employers value skills such as technical/job specific, health and safety and generic skills which include: literacy, numeracy, communication and customer relations. It is the view of the Fencing industry that because of the nature of their business, work-based learning through Apprenticeships is a good way for apprentices to learn the necessary skills required to work in a practical environment. The Apprenticeship at levels 2 and 3 have been designed to incorporate these skills in order to provide industry with the skilled employees that they require.

During the review of this Apprenticeship, Lantra involved organisations within the industry, which includes trade associations such as European Fencing Industry Association, Highways Agency, Fencing Contractors Association and employers such as Wilde Group Ltd, Littlewood Fencing, Zaun Ltd, Binns Fencing Ltd and Newton & Frost Fencing Ltd.

The Intermediate Apprenticeship was implemented in August 1998 and then in April 2011 underwent a major review.  Since the review in 2011, the number of level 2 starts have increased from 5 to 120, with 40 completions, which clearly shows that the awareness of the fencing apprenticeship has improved and that the framework is valued by the industry.

Recently, the review of the National Occupational Standards has taken place, therefore the qualifications within the framework needed to be updated to ensure that they remain relevant and fit for purpose.  Also, feedback from the industry indicated a need to introduce an Advanced Apprenticeship pathway for those learners wishing to progress from the Intermediate Apprenticeship or go straight in at level 3. This development work has taken place with the help of employers, trade associations and training providers. The framework is in-line with the Specification for Apprenticeship Standards - England (SASE).

The Level 2 Diploma in Work-based Fencing offers two routes that are reflective of the areas of work within the Fencing industry, general fencing and vehicle restraint fencing. Apprentices will be installing a wide range of vehicle restraint barriers on England's highways or general fencing including domestic, high security, agriculture and equine for farmers, construction industry, the Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Justice and private clients.  They will work to specifications and standards ensuring the correct installation of different fence systems.  On completion of the Intermediate Apprenticeship, apprentices will be able to confidently and competently undertake a range of duties to carry out job roles such as:

  • General Fence Installer
  • Vehicle Safety Fence Installer

The Level 3 Diploma in Work-based Fencing covers a full range of supervisory skills required within the fencing industry, including: staff management, resource deployment, planning and organisation, health and safety, problem solving, setting up sites, managing the installation process, dealing with problems and monitoring the quality of installation.  On completion of the Advanced Apprenticeship, apprentices will be to confidently and competently undertake a range of duties to carry out job roles such as:

  • Fencing Supervisor 
  • Lead Installer


Further information on the Fencing industry can be found at: www.lantra.co.uk

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