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Shopfitter Profile

Introduction

This Section of the site details information that you might find useful if you are looking to secure employment or require further details regarding working as a Shopfitter. This page details the following Information:-

  • Finding Suitable Work as a Shopfitter
  • Working Duties Expected
  • Hours and Environment
  • Working Skills Required
  • Training Requirements
  • Salary Expectations
  • Trade Information
  • Other useful Shopfitter Work Information


Finding Suitable Work

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Working Duties Expected

Shopfitters produce and install shopfronts and entrances and fit out the interiors of shops and stores. They also construct and install exterior and interior fittings for other buildings such as banks, offices, restaurants and bars.

They may work:

  • in workshops, selecting, marking out and shaping wood, metals, glass and plastics to produce fittings
  • as fixers who carry out installation work
  • as estimators who prepare tenders (estimates of the costs of the work for submission to the client)
  • as setter-outs who prepare scale and full-size drawings of the components for the contract and prepare cutting lists of materials and orders for bought-in materials.


Hours and Environment

The basic working week would usually be 39 hours, but overtime is often available. In some cases it may be necessary to work through the night, especially on re-fits where work needs to be carried out when the premises are closed.

Shopfitters work indoors, either in a workshop or on-site.

Working with timber creates dust, although workshops may have extraction systems. Joiners, machinists and metal fabricators may need to wear basic safety equipment, such as safety helmets and protective footwear. They may also use goggles and ear defenders.

Site work will involve travel, and the possible requirement to work away from home for varying periods of time. A driving licence may be useful.

Skills and Interests

To be a shopfitter you should:

  • have good practical skills
  • have an eye for detail
  • be able to take accurate measurements and calculate quantities of materials
  • have a good level of concentration for cutting, welding and using tools safely and accurately
  • be aware of safety issues
  • be physically fit
  • be able to follow technical drawings, plans and written or verbal instructions
  • work well as part of a team
  • have draughting and IT skills if you are involved in producing designs and estimating.


Entry

There are no formal entry requirements, but you will need a good basic education, and GCSE or equivalent qualifications in maths, English and Design and Technology can be useful.

You would usually join a specialist company as a shopfitter, wood machinist or metal and aluminium fabricator. For mature applicants experience and/or qualifications in wood machining or metalwork would usually be required. Colleges offer qualifications such as City & Guilds certificates in Basic Carpentry and Joinery Skills (6111) and NVQs in Wood Machining and Wood Occupations.

Training

Most people train by finding work with an employer, learning practical skills on-the-job and working towards NVQs/SVQs at levels 2 and 3 in Shopfitting (Bench Work), Shopfitting (Sitework) and Shopfitting (Non-ferrous Metal Fabrication).

A three-year Construction Apprenticeship Scheme (CAS) is open to people aged between 16-25 in England and Wales, or a four-year apprenticeship in Scotland, registered with the Scottish Building Apprenticeship and Training Council. Entrants are registered by an employer and earn a wage at the same time as following a structured training programme. For details see CITB-ConstructionSkills below.

Foundation and Advanced Modern Apprenticeships (MAPPs) may be available for people aged 16-24.
For details see: MAPPs (England); Skillseekers MAPPs (Scotland); National Traineeships MAPPs (Wales); and MAPPs (Northern Ireland).

The Shopfitting Industry Group Training Association (SIGTA) provide specialised courses ranging from craft level to senior management.

With suitable experience, responsibilities and aptitude it may be possible to undertake NVQ Level 4 in Site Management and NVQ Level 5 in Contract Management.

Opportunities

Shopfitters usually work for specialist shopfitting companies.

It is possible to progress to supervisory or managerial roles, or to transfer from workshop to site. Having gained sufficient experience, some shopfitters go into business for themselves.

Annual Income

Rates of pay vary. Some employers work in conjunction with the Construction Industry Joint Councils Working Rule Agreement, which gives guidelines for pay, but many pay over and above this.

Further information

Shopfitting Industry Group Training Association
East Leake
Loughborough
Leicestershire
LE12 6TN
Tel: 0115 921 7562
www.ldb.co.uk/sigta.shtml

CITB-Construction Skills
Bircham Newton
King''s Lynn
Norfolk
PE31 6RH
Tel: 01485 577577
www.citb.org.uk

National Association of Shopfitters
411 Limpsfield Road
Warlingham
Surrey
CR6 9HA
Tel: 01883 624 961
www.shopfitters.org

The Institute of Shopfitting
35 Hayworth Road
Sandiacre
Nottingham
NG10 5LL
Tel: 0115 949 0641
www.central-office.co.uk/ios/

Other Useful Shopfitter Work Information

We have a section available at this site on Shopfitter job interview tips that you may find of interest should you wish to brush up your skills in this area and we also have number of career articles that may also be of use to you from within our guides and documents section.

Locations where we feature Jobs include:-
Aberdeen, Berkshire, Aberdeen, Bath, Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Birmingham, Bradford, Bristol, Cambridgeshire, Cardiff, Central London, Cheltenham, Cornwall, Coventry, Derby, Devon, Docklands, Dorset, Dundee, Durham, East Midlands, East Sussex, Edinburgh, Essex, Glasgow, Gloucester, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Kent, Lancashire, Leeds, Leicester, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Middlesbrough, Midlands and in various parts of the West Midlands

Details of other Shopfitter Jobs can also be found in other UK wide areas including:-
Milton Keynes, Newcastle, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Norfolk, North London, North Midlands, Northampton, Northamptonshire, Northern Ireland, Northumberland, Norwich, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, Oxford, Oxfordshire, Plymouth, Salisbury, Scotland, Sheffield, Shropshire, Somerset, South East, South London, South Midlands, Southampton, Staffordshire Surrey, Swansea, Swindon, Telford, Wales, Warwickshire, West End, West London, West Midlands, Worcestershire, York and throughout Yorkshire.

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