Key information

  1. Status: Approved for delivery
  2. Reference: ST0366
  3. Version: 1.2
  4. Level: 2
  5. Typical duration to gateway: 18 months
  6. Typical EPA period: 3 months
  7. Maximum funding: £10000
  8. Route: Construction and the built environment
  9. Date updated: 14/11/2023
  10. Approved for delivery: 24 September 2018
  11. Lars code: 356
  12. EQA provider: Ofqual
  13. Review: this apprenticeship will be reviewed in accordance with our change request policy.
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Apprenticeship summary

Overview of the role

Installing different types of fences, gates and barriers, across a broad cross-section of different environments.

Occupation summary

This occupation is found in domestic, agricultural, through to commercial, industrial, high security and infrastructure for example. highways, rail and utilities.

The areas within Fencing include: Timber Fencing, Steel Fencing, Concrete Fencing, High Security Fencing, Acoustic Fencing, Railings, Gates  Agricultural Stock Fencing, Temporary Fencing, Site Hoarding, Sports Fencing, School Fencing, Electric Fencing.

The broad purpose of the occupation is to install and repair a secure boundary fence to protect people, property and livestock. To do this a fence installer will need to work to detailed specifications and standards to ensure correct and safe installation of fencing for the required site.

The fence installer must have the ability to work in a team, enjoy outside environment, safe working on sites, read and understand specifications and plans, prepare fence installation and select relevant materials to carry out installation, maintenance or repairs to meet the relevant fence requirements. The work will include using a wide variety of materials, tools and machinery.

In their daily work a fencing installer will generally be working outdoors in a physical job role to follow industry standard to create correct fences, gates, Vehicle Restraint Systems (VRS), parapets and noise  barriers.  The fence installer will be taught to understand specifications and plans, prepare sites and select relevant materials to carry out installation, maintenance or repairs to meet the relevant contract requirements. The work will include using a wide variety of materials, tools and machinery.

In their daily work, an employee may interact and work alongside a number of other construction trades and may work alongside bricklayers, carpenters, electricians, landscapers, ground workers etc. as well as with architects and designers. They may also interact with the general public.

Fencing installers will work for varying sized organisations, although their work may be part of a bigger overall project within construction. The employee may work independently or as part of a team. They must be able to identify and resolve problems using their knowledge and skills to solve technical challenges and complete the installation but also recognise when advice and direction from a more qualified authority must be sought.

An employee in this occupation will be responsible for the installation of different types of fencing, gates, responsible for working in a safe manner to ensure the job they are doing is fully compliant with health and safety legislation to ensure their safety and that of their colleagues. They will need to adhere to the risk assessments and method statements specific to the site to ensure that the structure is built to the required specification and standard. They will be expected to work in a manner that gives consideration to the environment, including recycling and waste management.

 

Typical job titles include:

Fencing installer

Duties

  • Duty 1 Work in compliance with occupational health, safety and environmental requirements to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of self and others . Report in a timely manner any non-compliances against the construction programme to the appropriate person
  • Duty 2 Carry out their work conforming to all current and relevant building regulations, method statements, risk assessments, work instructions and, where appropriate, British Standards
  • Duty 3 Prepare the work area including setting out the work, establishing safe working practices and the selection of materials and tools appropriate to the project
  • Duty 4 Understand the appropriate work plan for the job, work to the programme, adapting to changes in schedule and requirements where necessary
  • Duty 5 Receive, unload, locate handle, store, transport, move, position and lift materials to site for installation and disposal following good handling practices preventing injury or damage
  • Duty 6 Select, use and maintain tools, components and equipment appropriate to the task being carried out
  • Duty 7 Install and repair fencing, Vehicle Restraint Systems and gates
  • Duty 8 Collaborate with internal and external stakeholders including clients and other construction trades
  • Duty 9 Maintain a clear and safe worksite at all times, disposing of waste appropriately and sustainably
  • Duty 10 Check final output meets specification and works instructions
  • Duty 11 Carry out continuous professional development to maintain knowledge of current and future developments affecting the role

Apprenticeship summary

ST0366, fencing installer level 2

This is a summary of the key things that you – the apprentice and your employer need to know about your end-point assessment (EPA). You and your employer should read the EPA plan for the full details. It has information on assessment method requirements, roles and responsibilities, and re-sits and re-takes.

What is an end-point assessment and why it happens

An EPA is an assessment at the end of your apprenticeship. It will assess you against the knowledge, skills, and behaviours (KSBs) in the occupational standard. Your training will cover the KSBs. The EPA is your opportunity to show an independent assessor how well you can carry out the occupation you have been trained for.

Your employer will choose an end-point assessment organisation (EPAO) to deliver the EPA. Your employer and training provider should tell you what to expect and how to prepare for your EPA.

The length of the training for this apprenticeship is typically 18 months. The EPA period is typically 3 months.

The overall grades available for this apprenticeship are:

  • fail
  • pass
  • merit
  • distinction


EPA gateway

The EPA gateway is when the EPAO checks and confirms that you have met any requirements required before you start the EPA. You will only enter the gateway when your employer says you are ready.

The gateway requirements for your EPA are:

  • achieved English and mathematics qualifications in line with the apprenticeship funding rules
  • for the interview underpinned by a portfolio of evidence, you must submit a portfolio of evidence

Assessment methods




Who to contact for help or more information

You should speak to your employer if you have a query that relates to your job.

You should speak to your training provider if you have any questions about your training or EPA before it starts.

You should receive detailed information and support from the EPAO before the EPA starts. You should speak to them if you have any questions about your EPA once it has started.Reasonable adjustments

If you have a disability, a physical or mental health condition or other special considerations, you may be able to have a reasonable adjustment that takes this into account. You should speak to your employer, training provider and EPAO and ask them what support you can get. The EPAO will decide if an adjustment is appropriate.

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Details of the occupational standard

Occupation summary

This occupation is found in domestic, agricultural, through to commercial, industrial, high security and infrastructure for example. highways, rail and utilities.

The areas within Fencing include: Timber Fencing, Steel Fencing, Concrete Fencing, High Security Fencing, Acoustic Fencing, Railings, Gates  Agricultural Stock Fencing, Temporary Fencing, Site Hoarding, Sports Fencing, School Fencing, Electric Fencing.

The broad purpose of the occupation is to install and repair a secure boundary fence to protect people, property and livestock. To do this a fence installer will need to work to detailed specifications and standards to ensure correct and safe installation of fencing for the required site.

The fence installer must have the ability to work in a team, enjoy outside environment, safe working on sites, read and understand specifications and plans, prepare fence installation and select relevant materials to carry out installation, maintenance or repairs to meet the relevant fence requirements. The work will include using a wide variety of materials, tools and machinery.

In their daily work a fencing installer will generally be working outdoors in a physical job role to follow industry standard to create correct fences, gates, Vehicle Restraint Systems (VRS), parapets and noise  barriers.  The fence installer will be taught to understand specifications and plans, prepare sites and select relevant materials to carry out installation, maintenance or repairs to meet the relevant contract requirements. The work will include using a wide variety of materials, tools and machinery.

In their daily work, an employee may interact and work alongside a number of other construction trades and may work alongside bricklayers, carpenters, electricians, landscapers, ground workers etc. as well as with architects and designers. They may also interact with the general public.

Fencing installers will work for varying sized organisations, although their work may be part of a bigger overall project within construction. The employee may work independently or as part of a team. They must be able to identify and resolve problems using their knowledge and skills to solve technical challenges and complete the installation but also recognise when advice and direction from a more qualified authority must be sought.

An employee in this occupation will be responsible for the installation of different types of fencing, gates, responsible for working in a safe manner to ensure the job they are doing is fully compliant with health and safety legislation to ensure their safety and that of their colleagues. They will need to adhere to the risk assessments and method statements specific to the site to ensure that the structure is built to the required specification and standard. They will be expected to work in a manner that gives consideration to the environment, including recycling and waste management.

 

Typical job titles include:

Fencing installer

Occupation duties

Duty KSBs

Duty 1 Work in compliance with occupational health, safety and environmental requirements to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of self and others . Report in a timely manner any non-compliances against the construction programme to the appropriate person

K1 K2 K3 K9 K12 K13 K14 K15 K16 K17 K18 K19 K21 K22 K24

S1 S2 S3 S4 S7 S8 S9 S10 S11 S12 S14 S17 S18 S19 S21

B1 B2 B3 B6

Duty 2 Carry out their work conforming to all current and relevant building regulations, method statements, risk assessments, work instructions and, where appropriate, British Standards

K1 K2 K3 K4 K5 K6 K10 K11 K12 K13 K16 K17 K18 K19 K21 K22

S1 S2 S3 S4 S5 S11 S12 S13 S15 S16 S17 S18 S19 S21

B1 B2 B3 B6

Duty 3 Prepare the work area including setting out the work, establishing safe working practices and the selection of materials and tools appropriate to the project

K1 K2 K3 K6 K8 K11 K12 K14 K15 K16 K19 K22

S1 S2 S3 S4 S7 S8 S9 S10 S11 S12 S13 S15 S18 S21

B1 B2 B3 B6

Duty 4 Understand the appropriate work plan for the job, work to the programme, adapting to changes in schedule and requirements where necessary

K1 K2 K4 K8 K9 K10 K12 K17 K18 K19 K20 K21 K22

S1 S2 S3 S4 S5 S12 S14 S18 S19 S20

B1 B2 B3 B6

Duty 5 Receive, unload, locate handle, store, transport, move, position and lift materials to site for installation and disposal following good handling practices preventing injury or damage

K1 K2 K3 K4 K7 K16 K19 K21 K22

S1 S2 S3 S4 S6 S11 S18

B1 B2 B3 B6

Duty 6 Select, use and maintain tools, components and equipment appropriate to the task being carried out

K1 K2 K3 K4 K5 K6 K12 K13 K14 K15 K19 K20 K22

S1 S2 S3 S4 S6 S7 S9 S10 S12 S15 S16 S17 S18 S20

B1 B2 B3 B6

Duty 7 Install and repair fencing, Vehicle Restraint Systems and gates

K1 K2 K3 K5 K6 K7 K13 K19

S1 S2 S3 S15 S16 S17 S18 S21

B1 B2 B3 B6

Duty 8 Collaborate with internal and external stakeholders including clients and other construction trades

K1 K2 K3 K4 K9 K11 K12 K17 K18 K19 K20 K21 K22 K23 K24

S1 S2 S3 S4 S12 S13 S14 S18 S19 S20

B1 B2 B3 B4 B6

Duty 9 Maintain a clear and safe worksite at all times, disposing of waste appropriately and sustainably

K1 K2 K3 K4 K5 K11 K16 K19 K20 K21 K22

S1 S2 S3 S4 S8 S11 S13 S14 S16 S17 S18 S20

B1 B2 B3 B6

Duty 10 Check final output meets specification and works instructions

K1 K2 K3 K4 K5 K10 K17 K18 K19 K21

S1 S2 S3 S5 S16 S17 S18 S19 S21

B1 B2 B3 B6

Duty 11 Carry out continuous professional development to maintain knowledge of current and future developments affecting the role

K1 K2 K3 K17 K18 K19 K23 K24

S1 S2 S3 S18 S19

B1 B2 B3 B4 B5 B6

KSBs

Knowledge

K1: Awareness of health and safety regulations, standards, and guidance and impact on role. Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (CoSHH). Fire safety. First aid at work. Health and Safety at Work Act. Asbestos awareness. Manual handling and lifting operations and lifting equipment regulations (LOLER). Provision and use of work equipment regulations (PUWER). Fire extinguishers. Safety signage. Situational awareness. Slips, trips, and falls. Working in confined spaces. Working at height. Electrical safety. HSG47 safe digging practices. Back to Duty

K2: Safety control equipment and how to use personal protective equipment (PPE), respiratory protective equipment (RPE), dust suppression Back to Duty

K3: Safe systems of work: Site inductions, method statements, risk assessments, hazard identification in the work area Back to Duty

K4: Standards, regulations and specifications associated with fencing activities BS1722 Back to Duty

K5: Installation techniques: Fence components and systems and manufacturer’s instructions Back to Duty

K6: Fencing and fixing foundation requirements Back to Duty

K7: Characteristics and use of fencing materials: Wood, Plastic and Steel Back to Duty

K8: Principles and application of measurement techniques Back to Duty

K9: Limits of authority, when to escalate tasks and issues and to whom Back to Duty

K10: Methods of interpreting and extracting relevant information from drawings plans and specifications; paper based and digital Back to Duty

K11: Setting out: Correct lines and levels for fences, access and egress Back to Duty

K12: Methods of locating and identifying underground services Back to Duty

K13: Methods of repair and reinstating defective or faulty fencing Back to Duty

K14: Hand tool use, maintenance and storage Back to Duty

K15: Power tool and mechanical plant use and limitations Back to Duty

K16: Moving, handling and storing of all materials Back to Duty

K17: Site documentation requirements: Fencing records, quality control, site records, accident reporting and permits Back to Duty

K18: The importance of working to a work schedule and record keeping Back to Duty

K19: Principles of good team working Back to Duty

K20: Techniques for verbal communication, giving and receiving information, matching style to audience Back to Duty

K21: Written communication techniques. Plain English principles. Construction and fencing terminology Back to Duty

K22: Impact of the sector on the environment: Efficient use of resources, surface water contamination, recycling, reuse of materials, safe disposal of waste Back to Duty

K23: Inclusion, equity and diversity in the workplace Back to Duty

K24: Well-being: Mental and physical health considerations in self and others and how to access support Back to Duty

Skills

S1: Comply with health and safety regulations, standards (BS1722), and guidance Back to Duty

S2: Identify and use safety control equipment including RPE, dust suppression and PPE Back to Duty

S3: Comply with safe systems of work and control measures Back to Duty

S4: Comply with environmental and sustainability regulations, standards, and guidance. Segregate resources for reuse, recycling and disposal Back to Duty

S5: Interpret and extract information using paper based or digital techniques from drawings, plans and specifications Back to Duty

S6: Select required resource for task Back to Duty

S7: Select and use hand-held tools Back to Duty

S8: Maintain safe working area Back to Duty

S9: Maintain and store hand tools Back to Duty

S10: Check, use and store power tools and mechanical plant Back to Duty

S11: Move, handle and store materials Back to Duty

S12: Locate and identify underground services to support fencing installation Back to Duty

S13: Establish fencing lines and levels Back to Duty

S14: Escalates issues and tasks Back to Duty

S15: Set out posts and fixings ready for fence installation Back to Duty

S16: Construct foundations ready for fence installation Back to Duty

S17: Identify faults and carry out a repair or reinstate defective or faulty fence: For example replacing damaged posts, infills or fence panels Back to Duty

S18: Applies team working principles to their own and the wider build team Back to Duty

S19: Complete documentation - paper based or digital for example fencing records, quality control, site records accident reporting and permits Back to Duty

S20: Communicate with others verbally, for example colleagues, other tradespeople, managers and customers Back to Duty

S21: Install fencing material Back to Duty

Behaviours

B1: Put health, safety and wellbeing first Back to Duty

B2: Consider the environment and sustainability when using resources and carrying out processes Back to Duty

B3: Take ownership of given work Back to Duty

B4: Contribute to an inclusive and diverse culture Back to Duty

B5: Seeks to maintain and enhance competence of self through Continuous Professional development (CPD) Back to Duty

B6: Team-focus to meet team goals including, considering the wider build team Back to Duty

Qualifications

English and Maths

English and maths qualifications form a mandatory part of all apprenticeships and must be completed before an apprentice can pass through gateway. The requirements are detailed in the current version of the apprenticeship funding rules.

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End-point assessment plan

V1.1

Introduction and overview

This document explains the requirements for end-point assessment (EPA) for the fencing installer apprenticeship. End-point assessment organisations (EPAOs) must follow this when designing and delivering the EPA.

Fencing installer apprentices, their employers and training providers should read this document.

A full-time fencing installer apprentice typically spends 18 months on-programme. The apprentice must spend at least 12 months on-programme and complete the required amount of off-the-job training in line with the apprenticeship funding rules.

The EPA should be completed within an EPA period lasting typically 3 months.

The apprentice must complete their training and meet the gateway requirements before starting their EPA. The EPA will assess occupational competence.

An approved EPAO must conduct the EPA for this apprenticeship. Employers must select an approved EPAO from the apprenticeship provider and assessment register (APAR).

This EPA has 3 assessment methods.

The grades available for each assessment method are below.

Assessment method 1 - multiple-choice test:

  • fail
  • pass
  • distinction

Assessment method 2 - observation with questions:

  • fail
  • pass
  • distinction

Assessment method 3 - interview underpinned by a portfolio of evidence:

  • fail
  • pass
  • distinction

The result from each assessment method is combined to decide the overall apprenticeship grade. The following grades are available for the apprenticeship:

  • fail
  • pass
  • merit
  • distinction

EPA summary table

On-programme - typically 18 months

The apprentice must:

  • complete training to develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours (KSBs) outlined in this apprenticeship’s occupational standard
  • complete training towards English and mathematics qualifications in line with the apprenticeship funding rules

  • compile a portfolio of evidence

End-point assessment gateway

The apprentice’s employer must be content that the apprentice has attained sufficient KSBs to complete the apprenticeship.

The apprentice must:

  • confirm they are ready to take the EPA
  • have achieved English and mathematics qualifications in line with the apprenticeship funding rules

For the interview underpinned by a portfolio of evidence, the apprentice must submit a portfolio of evidence.

The apprentice must submit the gateway evidence to their EPAO, including any organisation specific policies and procedures requested by the EPAO.

End-point assessment - typically 3 months

The grades available for each assessment method are below

Multiple-choice test:

  • fail

  • pass

  • distinction

Observation with questions:

  • fail

  • pass

  • distinction

Interview underpinned by a portfolio of evidence:

  • fail

  • pass

  • distinction

Overall EPA and apprenticeship can be graded:

    • fail
    • pass
    • merit
    • distinction

Duration of end-point assessment period

The EPA is taken in the EPA period. The EPA period starts when the EPAO confirms the gateway requirements have been met and is typically 3 months.

The EPAO should confirm the gateway requirements have been met and start the EPA as quickly as possible.

EPA gateway

The apprentice’s employer must be content that the apprentice has attained sufficient KSBs to complete the apprenticeship. The employer may take advice from the apprentice's training provider, but the employer must make the decision. The apprentice will then enter the gateway.

The apprentice must meet the gateway requirements before starting their EPA.

They must:

  • confirm they are ready to take the EPA
  • have achieved English and mathematics qualifications in line with the apprenticeship funding rules

  • submit a portfolio of evidence for the interview underpinned by a portfolio of evidence

Portfolio of evidence requirements:

The apprentice must compile a portfolio of evidence during the on-programme period of the apprenticeship. It should only contain evidence related to the KSBs that will be assessed by this assessment method. It will typically contain 10 discrete pieces of evidence. Evidence must be mapped against the KSBs. Evidence may be used to demonstrate more than one KSB; a qualitative as opposed to quantitative approach is suggested.

Evidence sources may include:

  • workplace documentation and records
  • workplace policies and procedures
  • witness statements
  • annotated photographs
  • video clips (maximum total duration 10 minutes); the apprentice must be in view and identifiable

This is not a definitive list; other evidence sources can be included.

The portfolio of evidence should not include reflective accounts or any methods of self-assessment. Any employer contributions should focus on direct observation of performance, for example, witness statements rather than opinions. The evidence provided should be valid and attributable to the apprentice; the portfolio of evidence should contain a statement from the employer and apprentice confirming this.

The EPAO should not assess the portfolio of evidence directly as it underpins the interview. The independent assessor should review the portfolio of evidence to prepare questions for the interview. They are not required to provide feedback after this review.

The apprentice must submit the gateway evidence to their EPAO, including any organisation specific policies and procedures requested by the EPAO.

Order of assessment methods

The assessment methods can be delivered in any order.

The result of one assessment method does not need to be known before starting the next.

Multiple-choice test

Overview

In the multiple-choice test, the apprentice answers questions in a controlled and invigilated environment. It gives the apprentice the opportunity to demonstrate the knowledge mapped to this assessment method.

Rationale

This assessment method is being used because:

  • it allows for the efficient testing of knowledge where there is a right or wrong answer

  • it allows for flexibility in terms of when, where and how it is taken.

Delivery


The multiple-choice test must be structured to give the apprentice the opportunity to demonstrate the knowledge mapped to this assessment method to the highest available grade.

The test can be computer or paper based.

The test will consist of 30 multiple-choice questions.

Multiple-choice questions must have four options, including one correct answer.

The apprentice must be given at least 14 days’ notice of the date and time of the test.

Test administration

The apprentice must have 45 minutes to complete the test.

The test is closed book which means that the apprentice cannot refer to reference books or materials whilst taking the test.

The test must be taken in the presence of an invigilator who is the responsibility of the EPAO. The EPAO must have an invigilation policy setting out how the test must be conducted. It must state the ratio of apprentices to invigilators for the setting and allow the test to take place in a secure way.

The EPAO must verify the apprentice’s identity and ensure invigilation of the apprentice for example, with 360-degree cameras and screen sharing facilities.

The EPAO is responsible for the security of the test including the arrangements for on-line testing. The EPAO must ensure that their security arrangements maintain the validity and reliability of the test.

Marking

An independent assessor or marker employed by the EPAO must mark the test. They must follow a marking scheme produced by the EPAO. Marking by computer is allowed where the types of question support this.

A correct answer gets 1 mark.

Any incorrect or missing answers get zero marks.

The EPAO is responsible for overseeing the marking of the test. The EPAO must ensure standardisation and moderation of tests with written answers.

Assessment location

The apprentice must take the test in a suitably controlled and invigilated environment that is a quiet room, free from distractions and influence. The EPAO must check the venue is suitable.

The test could take place remotely if the appropriate technology and systems are in place to prevent malpractice.

Question and resource development

The EPAO must develop a purpose-built assessment specification and question bank. It is recommended this is done in consultation with employers of this occupation. The EPAO

should maintain the security and confidentiality of EPA materials when consulting with employers. The assessment specification and question bank must be reviewed at least once a year to ensure they remain fit-for-purpose.    

The assessment specification must be relevant to the occupation and demonstrate how to assess the KSBs mapped to this assessment method. The EPAO must ensure that questions are refined and developed to a high standard. The questions must be unpredictable. A question bank of sufficient size will support this.  

The EPAO must ensure that the apprentice has a different set of questions in the case of re-sits or re-takes.

The EPAO must produce the following materials to support the test:

  • independent assessor assessment materials which include:
    • training materials
    • administration materials
    • moderation and standardisation materials
    • guidance materials
    • grading guidance
    • test specification
    • sample test and mark schemes
    • live tests and mark schemes
    • question bank
  • EPA guidance for the apprentice and the employer

The EPAO must ensure that the EPA materials are subject to quality assurance procedures including standardisation and moderation.

Observation with questions

Overview

In the observation with questions, an independent assessor observes the apprentice in their workplace and asks questions. The apprentice completes their day-to-day duties under normal working conditions. Simulation is not allowed. It gives the apprentice the opportunity to demonstrate the KSBs mapped to this assessment method.

Rationale

This assessment method is being used because:

  • it allows for a varied range of tasks to be observed, that can be achieved through a single observation in the workplace
  • this is a practical role, best demonstrated through completing tasks in a realistic work setting
  • it allows for consistency of activities to be completed and efficiency in scheduling
  • it allows for the testing of related underpinning knowledge, skills and behaviours where an opportunity to observe them has not occurred
  • it is a holistic assessment method

Delivery

The observation with questions must be structured to give the apprentice the opportunity to demonstrate the KSBs mapped to this assessment method to the highest available grade.

An independent assessor must conduct and assess the observation with questions.

The independent assessor must only observe one apprentice at a time to ensure quality and rigour. They must be as unobtrusive as possible.

The EPAO must give the apprentice 14 days' notice of the observation with questions.

The observation must take 6 hours.

The independent assessor can increase the time of the observation with questions by up to 10%. This time is to allow the apprentice to complete a task or respond to a question if necessary.

The observation may be split into discrete sections held on the same working day.

The EPAO must manage invigilation of the apprentice during the assessment, to maintain security of the EPA, in line with their malpractice policy. This includes breaks and moving between locations.

The independent assessor must explain to the apprentice the format and timescales of the observation with questions before it starts. This does not count towards the assessment time.

The independent assessor should observe the following during the observation:

  • compliance with health and safety regulations including the use of PPE and compliance with British standard for fencing, BS1722
  • use of information from drawings, plans or specifications and preparation of the work area
  • fencing and foundation preparation and installation
  • use of tools and materials
  • planning and documentation

The apprentice will be assessed on fencing installation based on the work they typically do in their day-to-day work. The tasks must ensure 6 hours of practical time comparable to the work of a competent fencing installer.

These activities provide the apprentice with the opportunity to demonstrate the KSBs mapped to this assessment method.

The independent assessor must ask questions.

The purpose of the questions is to explore aspects of the KSBs in the practical assessment and show depth of understanding.

Questioning can occur during practical assessment. The time for questions asked during the practical assessment is included in the overall assessment time.

Questioning can occur during the observation. The time for questions asked during the observation is included in the overall assessment time. The independent assessor must ask at least 5 questions during the observation. To remain as unobtrusive as possible, the independent assessor should ask questions during natural stops between tasks rather than disrupting the apprentice’s flow. Follow-up questions are allowed where clarification is required. The independent assessor must use the questions from the EPAO’s question bank.

The independent assessor must ask questions about KSBs that were not observed to gather assessment evidence. These questions are in addition to the set number of questions for the observation with questions and should be kept to a minimum.

The independent assessor must make the grading decision. The independent assessor must assess the observation and responses to questions holistically when deciding the grade.

The independent assessor must keep accurate records of the assessment. They must record:

  • the KSBs observed
  • the apprentice’s answers to questions
  • the KSBs demonstrated in answers to questions
  • the grade achieved

Assessment location

The observation with questions must take place in the apprentice’s normal place of work for example, their employer’s premises or a customer’s premises. Equipment and resources needed for the observation must be provided by the employer and be in good and safe working condition.

Question and resource development

The EPAO must develop a purpose-built assessment specification and question bank. It is recommended this is done in consultation with employers of this occupation. The EPAO must maintain the security and confidentiality of EPA materials when consulting with employers. The assessment specification and question bank must be reviewed at least once a year to ensure they remain fit-for-purpose.  

The assessment specification must be relevant to the occupation and demonstrate how to assess the KSBs mapped to this assessment method. The EPAO must ensure that questions are refined and developed to a high standard. The questions must be unpredictable. A question bank of sufficient size will support this.

The EPAO must produce the following materials to support the observation with questions:

  • independent assessor assessment materials which include:
    • training materials
    • administration materials
    • moderation and standardisation materials
    • guidance materials
    • grading guidance
    • question bank
  • EPA guidance for the apprentice and the employer

The EPAO must ensure that the EPA materials are subject to quality assurance procedures including standardisation and moderation.

Interview underpinned by a portfolio of evidence

Overview

In the interview, an independent assessor asks the apprentice questions. It gives the apprentice the opportunity to demonstrate the KSBs mapped to this assessment method.

The apprentice can refer to and illustrate their answers with evidence from their portfolio of evidence.

Rationale

This assessment method is being used because:

  • it allows the apprentice to be assessed against KSBs which may not naturally occur during the practical assessment

  • it is underpinned by a portfolio of evidence, enabling the apprentice to demonstrate the application of skills and behaviours as well as knowledge

  • it allows for testing of responses where there are a number of potential answers that could not be tested through a multiple-choice test

  • it is cost-effective

Delivery

The interview must be structured to give the apprentice the opportunity to demonstrate the KSBs mapped to this assessment method to the highest available grade.

An independent assessor must conduct and assess the interview.

The interview must be structured to give the apprentice the opportunity to demonstrate the KSBs mapped to this assessment method to the highest available grade.

An independent assessor must conduct and assess the interview.

The purpose of the independent assessor's questions will be to cover the following themes:

  • safe systems of work
  • power tools
  • maintenance, defects and repairs
  • environmental and sustainability
  • teamwork
  • communication and documentation
  • CPD, wellbeing and equity, diversity and inclusion

The EPAO must give an apprentice 14 days' notice of the interview.

The independent assessor must have at least 2 weeks to review the supporting documentation.

The apprentice must have access to their portfolio of evidence during the interview.

The apprentice can refer to and illustrate their answers with evidence from their portfolio of evidence however, the portfolio of evidence is not directly assessed.

The interview must last for 60 minutes. The independent assessor can increase the time of the interview by up to 10%. This time is to allow the apprentice to respond to a question if necessary.

The independent assessor must ask at least 7 questions. The independent assessor must use the questions from the EPAO’s question bank.

The independent assessor must make the grading decision.

The independent assessor must keep accurate records of the assessment. They must record:

  • the apprentice’s answers to questions
  • the KSBs demonstrated in answers to questions
  • the grade achieved 

Assessment location

The interview must take place in a suitable venue selected by the EPAO for example, the EPAO’s or employer’s premises.

The interview should take place in a quiet room, free from distractions and influence.

Question and resource development

The EPAO must develop a purpose-built assessment specification and question bank. It is recommended this is done in consultation with employers of this occupation. The EPAO must maintain the security and confidentiality of EPA materials when consulting with employers. The assessment specification and question bank must be reviewed at least once a year to ensure they remain fit-for-purpose.

The assessment specification must be relevant to the occupation and demonstrate how to assess the KSBs mapped to this assessment method. The EPAO must ensure that questions are refined and developed to a high standard. The questions must be unpredictable. A question bank of sufficient size will support this.

The EPAO must ensure that the apprentice has a different set of questions in the case of re-sits or re-takes.

The EPAO must produce the following materials to support the interview underpinned by a portfolio of evidence:

  • independent assessor assessment materials which include:
    • training materials
    • administration materials
    • moderation and standardisation materials
    • guidance materials
    • grading guidance
    • question bank
  • EPA guidance for the apprentice and the employer

The EPAO must ensure that the EPA materials are subject to quality assurance procedures including standardisation and moderation.

Grading

Observation with questions

Theme
KSBs
Pass
Apprentices must demonstrate all of the pass descriptors
Distinction
Apprentices must demonstrate all of the pass descriptors and all of the distinction descriptors
Health and safety and wellbeing
K2 S1 S2 B1

Prioritises health, safety and wellbeing and complies with health and safety regulations, industry standards (BS1722) and guidance when carrying out fencing tasks. (S1, B1)

Identifies and uses safety control and personal protective equipment in line with organisational and statutory requirements, and throughout the observation. (K2, S2)

Explains the benefits for individuals and the business of compliance with health and safety regulations and standards, and the consequences of non compliance. (S1)

 

Fencing and foundation preparation and installation
K5 K6 K8 K11 K12 S6 S8 S12 S13 S15 S16 S21 B3

Selects resources required to complete the task in line with the components and systems required for the installation. (K5, S6)

Takes ownership of work and maintains their work area in line with safe working practices. (S8, B3)

Applies methods to locate and identify underground services, to determine any follow up actions that are required to support completion of the task. (K12, S12)

Identifies access and egress points, establishes fencing lines and levels using standard measuring techniques, sets out posts and fixings ready for fence installation in line with task requirements. (K8, K11, S13, S15)

Constructs foundations ready for fence installation in line with task and manufacturer's requirements. (K6, S16) 

Installs fencing material in line with the task requirements, manufacturer’s instructions and statutory guidance. (S21)

 

Explains the importance of accurately setting out lines, levels access and egress in line with construction drawings. (K11, S15)

Explains the importance of carrying out checks for underground services, and the consequences of not checking for them has on their work. (K12, S12)

Tools and materials
K14 K16 S7 S9 S11

Selects uses, maintains and stores hand tools, in line with task requirements, manufacturer's instructions and organisational guidelines. (K14, S7, S9) 

Moves, handles and stores materials in line with organisational procedures and manual handling guidance. (K16, S11)

None

Planning and Documentation
K10 S5

Interprets and extracts information from drawings and specifications via paper based or digital means as required to complete the task. (K10, S5)

None.

Interview underpinned by a portfolio of evidence

Theme
KSBs
Pass
Apprentices must demonstrate all of the pass descriptors
Distinction
Apprentices must demonstrate all of the pass descriptors and all of the distinction descriptors
Safe systems of work
K3 K9 S3 S14

Describes how they comply with safe systems of work and control measures including site inductions, method statements, risk assessments and hazard identification in the work area. (K3, S3) 

Explains the limits to their authority and how they escalate issues in the workplace in line with organisational procedures. (K9, S14)

 

Explains the benefits to the company and employees of having in place safe systems of work and control measures. (K3)

Maintenance, Defects and repairs
K13 S17

Describes how they select and apply methods to repair and reinstate defective or faulty fencing (K13, S17)  

Explains the impact to the business of having to deal with defective or faulty fencing.  (K13, S17) 

Environmental and sustainability
K22 S4 B2

Explains how they comply with environmental and sustainability legislation and guidance including sorting resources for re-use, recycling and disposal, and how the construction industry can have a wider impact on the environment through the efficient use of resources, surface water contamination and safe waste disposal. (K22, S4, B2)

 

Explains the impact of environmental and sustainability legislation on the fencing sector businesses. (K22) 

Teamwork
K19 S18 B6

Describes how they apply team working principles to achieve their own teams’ goals and contribute to the wider team’s goals. (K19, S18, B6)

None

Communication and documentation
K17 K20 K21 S19 S20

Describes how they complete site documentation including fencing records, quality control results, site records, accident reporting and permits using plain English and construction and fencing terminology where appropriate. (K17, K21, S19) 

Describes how they select techniques to communicate verbally when giving and receiving information, how they match style to audience. (K20, S20) 

Explains how they overcome barriers to communication. (K20, S20) 

CPD, well-being and Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
K23 K24 B4 B5

Outlines how to access sources of support for issues related to the physical and mental health and wellbeing of themselves and others. (K24) 

Explains the learning they have completed and recorded to support competence in their role, showing a commitment to future CPD. (B5)  

Explains how they contribute to an inclusive and diverse culture in the workplace in line with inclusion, equity and diversity legislation, company guidance and policy. (K23, B4) 

None

Power tools
K15 S10

Outlines the use of power tools and mechanical plant when installing fencing, and how they use, check and store them in line with manufacturer instructions and company procedure. (K15, S10) 

Explains the benefits and limitations of power tools and mechanical tools (K15, S10)

Multiple-choice test

Grade Minimum marks required Maximum marks required
Fail 0 17
Pass 18 24
Distinction 25 30

Overall EPA grading

Performance in the EPA determines the overall grade of:

  • fail

  • pass

  • merit

  • distinction

An independent assessor must individually grade the observation with questions and interview underpinned by a portfolio of evidence in line with this EPA plan.

The EPAO must combine the individual assessment method grades to determine the overall EPA grade.

If the apprentice fails one assessment method or more, they will be awarded an overall fail.

To achieve an overall pass, the apprentice must achieve at least a pass in all the assessment methods. To achieve an overall pass, the apprentice must achieve at least a pass in all the assessment methods. To achieve an overall merit, the apprentice must gain a distinction in the observation with questions and a distinction in one other method. To achieve an overall distinction, the apprentice must gain a distinction in all the assessment methods.

Grades from individual assessment methods must be combined in the following way to determine the grade of the EPA overall.

Multiple-choice test Observation with questions Interview underpinned by a portfolio of evidence Overall Grading
Any grade Any grade Fail Fail
Any grade Fail Any grade Fail
Fail Any grade Any grade Fail
Pass Pass Pass Pass
Pass Distinction Pass Pass
Distinction Pass Pass Pass
Pass Pass Distinction Pass
Pass Distinction Distinction Merit
Distinction Distinction Pass Merit
Distinction Distinction Distinction Distinction

Re-sits and re-takes

If the apprentice fails one assessment method or more, they can take a re-sit or a re-take at their employer’s discretion. The apprentice’s employer needs to agree that a re-sit or re-take is appropriate. A re-sit does not need further learning, whereas a re-take does. The apprentice should have a supportive action plan to prepare for a re-sit or a re-take.

The employer and the EPAO should agree the timescale for a re-sit or re-take. A re-sit is typically taken within 3 months of the EPA outcome notification. The timescale for a re-take is dependent on how much re-training is required and is typically taken within 6 months of the EPA outcome notification.

Failed assessment methods must be re-sat or re-taken within a 6-month period from the EPA outcome notification, otherwise the entire EPA will need to be re-sat or re-taken in full.

Re-sits and re-takes are not offered to an apprentice wishing to move from pass to a higher grade.

The apprentice will get a maximum EPA grade of pass for a re-sit or re-take, unless the EPAO determines there are exceptional circumstances.

Roles and responsibilities

Roles Responsibilities

Apprentice

As a minimum, the apprentice should:

  • complete on-programme training to meet the KSBs as outlined in the apprenticeship standard for a minimum of 12 months
  • complete the required amount of off-the-job training specified by the apprenticeship funding rules and as arranged by the employer and training provider
  • understand the purpose and importance of EPA
  • prepare for and undertake the EPA including meeting all gateway requirements

Employer

As a minimum, the apprentice's employer must:

  • select the EPAO and training provider
  • work with the training provider, where applicable, to support the apprentice in the workplace and to provide the opportunities for the apprentice to develop the KSBs
  • arrange and support off-the-job training to be undertaken by the apprentice 
  • decide when the apprentice is working at or above the apprenticeship standard and is ready for EPA
  • ensure the apprentice is prepared for the EPA
  • ensure that all supporting evidence required at the gateway is submitted in line with this EPA plan
  • confirm arrangements with the EPAO for the EPA in a timely manner, including who, when, where
  • provide the EPAO with access to any employer-specific documentation as required for example, company policies
  • ensure that the EPA is scheduled with the EPAO for a date and time which allows appropriate opportunity for the apprentice to meet the KSBs
  • ensure the apprentice is given sufficient time away from regular duties to prepare for, and complete the EPA
  • ensure that any required supervision during the EPA period, as stated within this EPA plan, is in place
  • ensure the apprentice has access to the resources used to fulfil their role and carry out the EPA for workplace based assessments
  • remain independent from the delivery of the EPA
  • pass the certificate to the apprentice upon receipt

EPAO

As a minimum, the EPAO must:

  • conform to the requirements of this EPA plan and deliver its requirements in a timely manner
  • conform to the requirements of the apprenticeship provider and assessment register
  • conform to the requirements of the external quality assurance provider (EQAP)
  • understand the apprenticeship including the occupational standard and EPA plan
  • make all necessary contractual arrangements including agreeing the price of the EPA
  • develop and produce assessment materials including specifications and marking materials, for example mark schemes, practice materials, training material
  • maintain and apply a policy for the declaration and management of conflict of interests and independence. This must ensure, as a minimum, there is no personal benefit or detriment for those delivering the EPA or from the result of an assessment. It must cover:
    • apprentices
    • employers
    • independent assessors
    • any other roles involved in delivery or grading of the EPA
  • have quality assurance systems and procedures that ensure fair, reliable and consistent assessment and maintain records of internal quality assurance (IQA) activity for external quality assurance (EQA) purposes
  • appoint independent, competent, and suitably qualified assessors in line with the requirements of this EPA plan
  • appoint administrators, invigilators and any other roles where required to facilitate the EPA
  • deliver induction, initial and on-going training for all their independent assessors and any other roles involved in the delivery or grading of the EPA as specified within this EPA plan. This should include how to record the rationale and evidence for grading decisions where required
  • conduct standardisation with all their independent assessors before allowing them to deliver an EPA, when the EPA is updated, and at least once a year
  • conduct moderation across all of their independent assessors decisions once EPAs have started according to a sampling plan, with associated risk rating of independent assessors
  • monitor the performance of all their independent assessors and provide additional training where necessary
  • develop and provide assessment recording documentation to ensure a clear and auditable process is in place for providing assessment decisions and feedback to all relevant stakeholders
  • use language in the development and delivery of the EPA that is appropriate to the level of the apprenticeship
  • arrange for the EPA to take place in a timely manner, in consultation with the employer
  • provide information, advice, and guidance documentation to enable apprentices, employers and training providers to prepare for the EPA
  • confirm the gateway requirements have been met before they start the EPA for an apprentice
  • arrange a suitable venue for the EPA
  • maintain the security of the EPA including, but not limited to, verifying the identity of the apprentice, invigilation and security of materials
  • where the EPA plan permits assessment away from the workplace, ensure that the apprentice has access to the required resources and liaise with the employer to agree this if necessary
  • confirm the overall grade awarded
  • maintain and apply a policy for conducting appeals

Independent assessor

As a minimum, an independent assessor must:

  • be independent, with no conflict of interest with the apprentice, their employer or training provider, specifically, they must not receive a personal benefit or detriment from the result of the assessment
  • have, maintain and be able to evidence up-to-date knowledge and expertise of the occupation
  • have the competence to assess the EPA and meet the requirements of the IQA section of this EPA plan
  • understand the apprenticeship’s occupational standard and EPA plan
  • attend induction and standardisation events before they conduct an EPA for the first time, when the EPA is updated, and at least once a year
  • use language in the delivery of the EPA that is appropriate to the level of the apprenticeship
  • work with other personnel, where used, in the preparation and delivery of assessment methods
  • conduct the EPA to assess the apprentice against the KSBs and in line with the EPA plan
  • make final grading decisions in line with this EPA plan
  • record and report assessment outcome decisions
  • comply with the IQA requirements of the EPAO
  • comply with external quality assurance (EQA) requirements

Training provider

As a minimum, the training provider must:

  • conform to the requirements of the apprenticeship provider and assessment register
  • ensure procedures are in place to mitigate against any conflict of interest
  • work with the employer and support the apprentice during the off-the-job training to provide the opportunities to develop the KSBs as outlined in the occupational standard
  • deliver training to the apprentice as outlined in their apprenticeship agreement
  • monitor the apprentice’s progress during any training provider led on-programme learning
  • ensure the apprentice is prepared for the EPA
  • advise the employer, upon request, on the apprentice’s readiness for EPA
  • ensure that all supporting evidence required at the gateway is submitted in line with this EPA plan
  • remain independent from the delivery of the EPA

Marker

As a minimum, the marker must:

  • attend induction training as directed by the EPAO
  • have no direct connection or conflict of interest with the apprentice, their employer or training provider
  • mark test answers in line with the EPAO’s mark scheme and procedures

Invigilator

As a minimum, the invigilator must:

  • attend induction training as directed by the EPAO
  • not invigilate an assessment, solely, if they have delivered the assessed content to the apprentice
  • invigilate and supervise the apprentice during tests and in breaks during assessment methods to prevent malpractice in line with the EPAO’s invigilation procedures

Reasonable adjustments

The EPAO must have reasonable adjustments arrangements for the EPA.

This should include:

  • how an apprentice qualifies for reasonable adjustment
  • what reasonable adjustments may be made

Adjustments must maintain the validity, reliability and integrity of the EPA as outlined in this EPA plan.

Internal quality assurance

Internal quality assurance refers to the strategies, policies and procedures that an EPAO must have in place to ensure valid, consistent and reliable EPA decisions.

EPAOs for this EPA must adhere to the requirements within the roles and responsibilities table.

They must also appoint independent assessors who:

  • have recent relevant experience of the occupation or sector to at least occupational level 3 gained in the last 3 years or significant experience of the occupation or sector

Value for money

Affordability of the EPA will be aided by using at least some of the following:

  • completing applicable assessment methods online (for example computer-based assessment)
  • utilising digital remote platforms to conduct applicable assessment methods
  • using the employer’s premises
  • conducting assessment methods on the same day

Professional recognition

This apprenticeship is not aligned to professional recognition.

KSB mapping table

Knowledge Assessment methods
K1

Awareness of health and safety regulations, standards, and guidance and impact on role. Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (CoSHH). Fire safety. First aid at work. Health and Safety at Work Act. Asbestos awareness. Manual handling and lifting operations and lifting equipment regulations (LOLER). Provision and use of work equipment regulations (PUWER). Fire extinguishers. Safety signage. Situational awareness. Slips, trips, and falls. Working in confined spaces. Working at height. Electrical safety. HSG47 safe digging practices.

Back to Grading
Multiple-choice test
K2

Safety control equipment and how to use personal protective equipment (PPE), respiratory protective equipment (RPE), dust suppression

Back to Grading
Observation with questions
K3

Safe systems of work: Site inductions, method statements, risk assessments, hazard identification in the work area

Back to Grading
Interview underpinned by a portfolio of evidence
K4

Standards, regulations and specifications associated with fencing activities BS1722

Back to Grading
Multiple-choice test
K5

Installation techniques: Fence components and systems and manufacturer’s instructions

Back to Grading
Observation with questions
K6

Fencing and fixing foundation requirements

Back to Grading
Observation with questions
K7

Characteristics and use of fencing materials: Wood, Plastic and Steel

Back to Grading
Multiple-choice test
K8

Principles and application of measurement techniques

Back to Grading
Observation with questions
K9

Limits of authority, when to escalate tasks and issues and to whom

Back to Grading
Interview underpinned by a portfolio of evidence
K10

Methods of interpreting and extracting relevant information from drawings plans and specifications; paper based and digital

Back to Grading
Observation with questions
K11

Setting out: Correct lines and levels for fences, access and egress

Back to Grading
Observation with questions
K12

Methods of locating and identifying underground services

Back to Grading
Observation with questions
K13

Methods of repair and reinstating defective or faulty fencing

Back to Grading
Interview underpinned by a portfolio of evidence
K14

Hand tool use, maintenance and storage

Back to Grading
Observation with questions
K15

Power tool and mechanical plant use and limitations

Back to Grading
Interview underpinned by a portfolio of evidence
K16

Moving, handling and storing of all materials

Back to Grading
Observation with questions
K17

Site documentation requirements: Fencing records, quality control, site records, accident reporting and permits

Back to Grading
Interview underpinned by a portfolio of evidence
K18

The importance of working to a work schedule and record keeping

Back to Grading
Multiple-choice test
K19

Principles of good team working

Back to Grading
Interview underpinned by a portfolio of evidence
K20

Techniques for verbal communication, giving and receiving information, matching style to audience

Back to Grading
Interview underpinned by a portfolio of evidence
K21

Written communication techniques. Plain English principles. Construction and fencing terminology

Back to Grading
Interview underpinned by a portfolio of evidence
K22

Impact of the sector on the environment: Efficient use of resources, surface water contamination, recycling, reuse of materials, safe disposal of waste

Back to Grading
Interview underpinned by a portfolio of evidence
K23

Inclusion, equity and diversity in the workplace

Back to Grading
Interview underpinned by a portfolio of evidence
K24

Well-being: Mental and physical health considerations in self and others and how to access support

Back to Grading
Interview underpinned by a portfolio of evidence
Skill Assessment methods
S1

Comply with health and safety regulations, standards (BS1722), and guidance

Back to Grading
Observation with questions
S2

Identify and use safety control equipment including RPE, dust suppression and PPE

Back to Grading
Observation with questions
S3

Comply with safe systems of work and control measures

Back to Grading
Interview underpinned by a portfolio of evidence
S4

Comply with environmental and sustainability regulations, standards, and guidance. Segregate resources for reuse, recycling and disposal

Back to Grading
Interview underpinned by a portfolio of evidence
S5

Interpret and extract information using paper based or digital techniques from drawings, plans and specifications

Back to Grading
Observation with questions
S6

Select required resource for task

Back to Grading
Observation with questions
S7

Select and use hand-held tools

Back to Grading
Observation with questions
S8

Maintain safe working area

Back to Grading
Observation with questions
S9

Maintain and store hand tools

Back to Grading
Observation with questions
S10

Check, use and store power tools and mechanical plant

Back to Grading
Interview underpinned by a portfolio of evidence
S11

Move, handle and store materials

Back to Grading
Observation with questions
S12

Locate and identify underground services to support fencing installation

Back to Grading
Observation with questions
S13

Establish fencing lines and levels

Back to Grading
Observation with questions
S14

Escalates issues and tasks

Back to Grading
Interview underpinned by a portfolio of evidence
S15

Set out posts and fixings ready for fence installation

Back to Grading
Observation with questions
S16

Construct foundations ready for fence installation

Back to Grading
Observation with questions
S17

Identify faults and carry out a repair or reinstate defective or faulty fence: For example replacing damaged posts, infills or fence panels

Back to Grading
Interview underpinned by a portfolio of evidence
S18

Applies team working principles to their own and the wider build team

Back to Grading
Interview underpinned by a portfolio of evidence
S19

Complete documentation - paper based or digital for example fencing records, quality control, site records accident reporting and permits

Back to Grading
Interview underpinned by a portfolio of evidence
S20

Communicate with others verbally, for example colleagues, other tradespeople, managers and customers

Back to Grading
Interview underpinned by a portfolio of evidence
S21

Install fencing material

Back to Grading
Observation with questions
Behaviour Assessment methods
B1

Put health, safety and wellbeing first

Back to Grading
Observation with questions
B2

Consider the environment and sustainability when using resources and carrying out processes

Back to Grading
Interview underpinned by a portfolio of evidence
B3

Take ownership of given work

Back to Grading
Observation with questions
B4

Contribute to an inclusive and diverse culture

Back to Grading
Interview underpinned by a portfolio of evidence
B5

Seeks to maintain and enhance competence of self through Continuous Professional development (CPD)

Back to Grading
Interview underpinned by a portfolio of evidence
B6

Team-focus to meet team goals including, considering the wider build team

Back to Grading
Interview underpinned by a portfolio of evidence

Mapping of KSBs to grade themes

Observation with questions

KSBS GROUPED BY THEME Knowledge Skills Behaviour
Health and safety and wellbeing
K2
S1 S2
B1

Safety control equipment and how to use personal protective equipment (PPE), respiratory protective equipment (RPE), dust suppression (K2)

Comply with health and safety regulations, standards (BS1722), and guidance (S1)

Identify and use safety control equipment including RPE, dust suppression and PPE (S2)

Put health, safety and wellbeing first (B1)

Fencing and foundation preparation and installation
K5 K6 K8 K11 K12
S6 S8 S12 S13 S15 S16 S21
B3

Installation techniques: Fence components and systems and manufacturer’s instructions (K5)

Fencing and fixing foundation requirements (K6)

Principles and application of measurement techniques (K8)

Setting out: Correct lines and levels for fences, access and egress (K11)

Methods of locating and identifying underground services (K12)

Select required resource for task (S6)

Maintain safe working area (S8)

Locate and identify underground services to support fencing installation (S12)

Establish fencing lines and levels (S13)

Set out posts and fixings ready for fence installation (S15)

Construct foundations ready for fence installation (S16)

Install fencing material (S21)

Take ownership of given work (B3)

Tools and materials
K14 K16
S7 S9 S11

Hand tool use, maintenance and storage (K14)

Moving, handling and storing of all materials (K16)

Select and use hand-held tools (S7)

Maintain and store hand tools (S9)

Move, handle and store materials (S11)

None

Planning and Documentation
K10
S5

Methods of interpreting and extracting relevant information from drawings plans and specifications; paper based and digital (K10)

Interpret and extract information using paper based or digital techniques from drawings, plans and specifications (S5)

None

Interview underpinned by a portfolio of evidence

KSBS GROUPED BY THEME Knowledge Skills Behaviour
Safe systems of work
K3 K9
S3 S14

Safe systems of work: Site inductions, method statements, risk assessments, hazard identification in the work area (K3)

Limits of authority, when to escalate tasks and issues and to whom (K9)

Comply with safe systems of work and control measures (S3)

Escalates issues and tasks (S14)

None

Maintenance, Defects and repairs
K13
S17

Methods of repair and reinstating defective or faulty fencing (K13)

Identify faults and carry out a repair or reinstate defective or faulty fence: For example replacing damaged posts, infills or fence panels (S17)

None

Environmental and sustainability
K22
S4
B2

Impact of the sector on the environment: Efficient use of resources, surface water contamination, recycling, reuse of materials, safe disposal of waste (K22)

Comply with environmental and sustainability regulations, standards, and guidance. Segregate resources for reuse, recycling and disposal (S4)

Consider the environment and sustainability when using resources and carrying out processes (B2)

Teamwork
K19
S18
B6

Principles of good team working (K19)

Applies team working principles to their own and the wider build team (S18)

Team-focus to meet team goals including, considering the wider build team (B6)

Communication and documentation
K17 K20 K21
S19 S20

Site documentation requirements: Fencing records, quality control, site records, accident reporting and permits (K17)

Techniques for verbal communication, giving and receiving information, matching style to audience (K20)

Written communication techniques. Plain English principles. Construction and fencing terminology (K21)

Complete documentation - paper based or digital for example fencing records, quality control, site records accident reporting and permits (S19)

Communicate with others verbally, for example colleagues, other tradespeople, managers and customers (S20)

None

CPD, well-being and Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
K23 K24

B4 B5

Inclusion, equity and diversity in the workplace (K23)

Well-being: Mental and physical health considerations in self and others and how to access support (K24)

None

Contribute to an inclusive and diverse culture (B4)

Seeks to maintain and enhance competence of self through Continuous Professional development (CPD) (B5)

Power tools
K15
S10

Power tool and mechanical plant use and limitations (K15)

Check, use and store power tools and mechanical plant (S10)

None

Employers involved in creating the standard: Cambridge Regional College, Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust: Health , A&M Services, ABC Fencing Limited, AJS Training, Alphafence Sports & Security Fencing, Aone+, Association of Fencing Industries, Binns Fencing Limited, Boundary Fencing and Gate Services, Burn Fencing Limited, CHC Highways, Colas Rail (1), Fencetek, Front Row Fencing, Front Row Fencing Ltd, Grafters Fencing, Gramm Barrier Systems, H W Martin Safety Fencing, Harper Chalice, Highways England, Hill & Smith, J Roocroft & Sons, JAEA Enterprises, Lantra, Littlewood Fencing, Littlewood Fencing Ltd, Metalwood Fencing, Network Rail, Newton & Frost, Pass & Co, Perimeter Solutions Limited, QTS Group Limited, Quantock & Exmoor, RB Fencing Ltd, Ring Fencing, Ringwood Fencing, Sir Robert McAlpine, Versco Ltd, Wyatt & Sons Fencing Ltd

Version log

Version Change detail Earliest start date Latest start date Latest end date
1.2 Occupational standard, end-point assessment plan and funding band revised. 09/11/2023 Not set Not set
1.1 Funding band revised. 12/11/2021 08/11/2023 Not set
1.0 Retired 24/09/2018 11/11/2021 Not set

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