Shopfitters make and install fixtures and fittings in offices, restaurants, shops and bars.
Salary Range: £13,000 to £30,000
How to become a shopfitter
You can get into this job through:
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
- applying directly
You can take a construction course at college to learn some of the skills needed for this job. Relevant courses include:
- Level 1 Certificate in Construction Crafts
- Level 2 Diploma in Construction Skills Bench Joinery
- Level 2 Extended Diploma In Site Carpentry
You may need:
- 2 or fewer GCSEs at grades 3 to 1 (D to G), or equivalent, for a level 1 course
- 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course
You can start as a junior shopfitter through an intermediate or advanced apprenticeship in construction building wood occupations, or in construction specialist interior systems.
You’ll usually need:
- some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship
- 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
You may be able to apply directly for a job as a shopfitter if you’ve got experience in one of the construction trades, for example tiling or carpentry and joinery.
Employers may also want you to have some GCSEs in subjects like maths, English, and design and technology.
- you may need a Shopfitting and Interior Contracting Competency Scheme (SICCS) card to work on some jobs
Professional and industry bodies
You could become a member of the National Association of Shopfitters.
You can find out more about careers in shopfitting from Go Construct.
What it takes
Skills and knowledge
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- knowledge of maths
- knowledge of building and construction
- the ability to work well with others
- the ability to work well with your hands
- the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
- knowledge of manufacturing production and processes
- design skills and knowledge
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
Restrictions and requirements
You’ll need to:
- have a good level of fitness
What you’ll do
Your day-to-day duties could include:
- marking out and cutting wood, metal, glass and plastic to make units and fittings in a workshop
- estimating material quantities and costs, and preparing tenders and quotes for jobs
- preparing design plans
- measuring and setting out jobs on site
- paint spraying timber products
You could work at a client’s business or in a workshop.
Your working environment may be physically demanding, cramped, you’ll travel often, outdoors some of the time, dusty, noisy and at height.
You may need to wear safety clothing and use safety equipment.
Career path and progression
With experience, you could move into a supervisory role, like chargehand or foreperson.
You could become a works manager, contract manager or shopfitting designer after further training, or set up your own shopfitting business.
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