Job Description :
Advertising installers/bill posters fix advertising posters or banners into place on hoardings, the sides of buildings, street furniture, and purpose-built installations. Installers work mainly for contractors recruited by outdoor advertising site owners, although a few owners employ advertising installers/bill posters directly. They are based throughout the UK, mainly in or near cities or busy transport networks.
Duties Include :
- Working at significant heights; when installing high boarding´s this can be hundreds of feet off the ground.
- Use ropes, harnesses and access gear to climb high structures and installers must maintain their equipment in a safe condition
- Travel to different advertising sites and locations
- Working outdoors
Personal Qualities :
- Physically fit and strong
- Comfortable working at heights
- Safety conscious
- Efficient and careful in their work
- Able to work well in a team
The growth in digital display units in outdoor advertising means installers increasingly need training in electrical installation to install and fix electronic signage.There are no formal academic entry requirements for this type of work but experience of working with ladders and confidence at heights may be useful. Advertising installers/bill posters working at heights with ropes, harnesses and access gear must hold an Industrial Rope Access Trade Association (IRATA) qualification to at least Level 1. Employers often look for candidates with electrical experience.
It may also be possible to enter this specific field via an electrical installation Apprenticeship. New entrants usually receive comprehensive on-the-job training -an essential part of training being the one-day Passport Scheme training established by the Outdoor Advertising Association. Many installers progress to take IRATA Level 2 and 3 qualifications.
Opportunities may occur for promotion to supervisor or team leader or, with additional training, to a broader role such as project manager. Some set up their own business. Others might move into other areas where rope access training is useful.