Fencing & Construction Training Ltd (FaCT) has announced the setting up of a discounted education and training programme to help support both new and young entrants to the fencing industry.

Tim Drew, FaCT’s MD said “We are constantly hearing that companies are struggling to recruit staff and, with the lack of funding to support fencing apprenticeships, young people are looking elsewhere to start a career. We wanted to support companies who are struggling to recruit new entrants and young people to get started in the industry. We have put together this discounted programme to galvanise interest in the industry and hopefully attract new blood.”

The programme will enable people to gain the fencing qualification for the blue skilled card, with HS training and testing; and four vocational courses – providing a real stepping stone into the fencing industry resulting in a blue skilled installer FISS CSCS card and qualified and certificated workforce. Additionally, there’s no need to worry about having to go to college – the diploma qualification is all work-based assessment so candidates just need to be working for a fencing company so the assessor can assess they meet the qualification requirements.

The Level 2 Fencing Diploma covers nine areas of activity: locate and identify services, monitor and maintain health and safety; establish lines and level on site; receive, handle and store fencing materials on site; prepare and operate handheld power tools and attachments; reinstate defective fencing; excavate fencing foundations; place and fix posts, and place and fix fence components. The assessor will observe all nine areas of activity and will record the evidence. Each candidate will need to show his/ her knowledge by completing unit questions from each area.

The programme includes the 1-day H&S training (delivered online via Zoom) and the HS&E CITB touchscreen test (delivered locally to the candidate) which are both required, along with the qualification for the blue card to be issued. The programme also includes four half-day vocational courses (delivered by Zoom) for: Location of Underground Services, Manual Handling, Safe Use of Abrasive Wheels and Safe Use of Hand-held Power Tools – all of which are certificated for three years.

Tim Drew continued “The programme would usually cost £1,905 pp but we have discounted it to £1,700 pp and can also look at further discounts if there are multiple candidates. Even if you are not a new entrantit is an ideal time to enrol as grandfather rights are due to finish on 31st December 2024 and everyone who has a blue card will need to have the Level 2Diploma in place to continue with their card.”

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