Window fitter

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Window fitters install windows, conservatories and glazed curtain walls in homes and businesses.

Salary Range: £15,000 to £25,000

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How to become a window fitter

You can get into this job through:

  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards the role
  • applying directly
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Apprenticeship

You could get into this job through an intermediate or advanced apprenticeship in glass industry fenestration installation.

Entry requirements

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

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Work

You could be taken on by a glazing company as a fitter’s ‘mate’ or assistant and learn the skills you need on the job.

Direct application

You can apply directly to become a window fitter. There are no set entry requirements, though you’ll need maths skills to measure and work out dimensions. Employers may ask for GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C).

Experience in carpentry and joinery will also be helpful.

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Further information

You can find out more about becoming a window fitter or glazier from Go Construct.

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You’ll need:

  • knowledge of building and construction
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to work well with others
  • ambition and a desire to succeed
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • persistence and determination
  • knowledge of maths
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Restrictions and requirements

You’ll need to:

  • have a full driving licence
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What you’ll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day duties may include:

  • removing old windows and doors with hand and power tools
  • measuring up the space for new windows or doors
  • fixing units in place, making sure they’re level and secure
  • sealing fittings to make them weathertight
  • clearing away leftover materials

Working environment

You could work at a manufacturing plant or on a construction site.

Your working environment may be outdoors some of the time and at height.

You may need to wear safety clothing and use safety equipment.

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Career path and progression

With experience, you could become a window surveyor or estimator, or move into glazing sales and marketing.

You could set up your own business or take up a window fitting franchise.