Job Description


Thatcher's use traditional crafts and skills to maintain and replace thatched roofs on houses and other buildings.

Entry Requirements

You can get into this job through:


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.

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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.

Direct Application

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.

Other Routes

You could do a specialist training course 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.

Career tips

You may need to relocate to an area where thatching skills are in demand.

The National Society of Master Thatchers has more information on becoming a thatcher.

Career Path and Progression

You could set up your own business and take on other thatchers.

Related careers you may be interested in:

  • Roofer

Required Skills

  • a good head for heights
  • willingness to work outdoors in all weathers
  • strong practical skills
  • a good level of physical fitness
  • determination and commitment

Salary Range

£13,000 to £26,000

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