How to become a thatcher
You can get into this job through:
- working towards this role
- applying directly
- doing specialist courses run by training organisations
You may be able to do an intermediate apprenticeship in roofing.
This will usually take 18 months to complete and could help you to get a trainee job with a thatching company. You would then do further training in thatching methods with your employer.
You'll usually need:
- some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship
You could start by looking for work as a trainee thatcher or thatcher's labourer. Once you're working, your employer may train you to qualify as a thatcher.
You may be able to apply directly to thatching companies if you've got experience in related work like roofing or reed cutting.
Your enthusiasm and practical skills will be as important as qualifications.
You could do a specialist training courses if you're interested in heritage and conservation skills like thatching. The Prince's Foundation also runs courses in building crafts, including thatching.
These courses may help you to get a trainee job as a thatcher.
You may need to relocate to an area where thatching skills are in demand.
Professional and industry bodies
You may find it useful to join organisations like the National Society of Master Thatchers to make industry contacts.
You can find out more about thatching from the National Society of Master Thatchers.