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Partitioning systems operatives

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A partitioning systems operative is responsible for dividing up buildings into different sections or rooms, which can provide privacy, soundproofing and resistance to fires.

Average salary*




How to become a partitioning systems operative

There are several routes to becoming a partitioning systems operative. You could complete a college course, an apprenticeship, or on the job training by applying to an employer directly. 

You should explore these routes to becoming a partitioning systems operative to find out which is the right one for you. Although some of these options have certain qualification requirements, many employers are more interested in people who are enthusiastic, willing to learn and can follow instructions. 

You may need a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card to work on a construction site.

College/training provider

You could complete a Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Interior Systems at your local college to help you become a partitioning systems operative. 

You’ll need 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English, maths and science.

Find out what the entry requirements are where you live.


You could complete an apprenticeship in Interior Systems to become a partitioning systems operative.

You’ll need 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent to become an apprentice.

Apprenticeships are open to anyone over the age of 16. As an apprentice, you’ll be fully employed by your company and expected to work a minimum of 30 hours a week. Your time will be split between on-the-job experience and a college or training provider.

Find out what the entry requirements are where you live.


If you have some basic experience, you could apply directly to a construction company to gain onsite experience as a partitioning systems operative. You might start out as an assistant to a more experienced partitioning systems operative and progress as your abilities improve.

Work experience

Work experience is essential to gaining employment within the construction industry. You could gain this at school, or by working weekends and holidays with a company or relative who works as a partitioning systems operative. Potential employers will always be pleased to see work experience listed on your CV.


Additional skills which may benefit anyone considering a job as a partitioning systems operative include: 

  • Good physical fitness
  • Comfortable working at height
  • Ability to follow plans as well as written and verbal instructions
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Good numeracy skills.


To become a Partitioning Systems Operatives, you could complete a:

  • NVQ Level 2 Interior Systems - Operable Partition Systems
  • Level 2 Interior Systems Installer apprenticeship

To become a Partitioning Systems Operatives, you could complete a:

  • SVQ Level 5 Interior Systems (Fitted Interior)
  • Level 5 Interior Systems (Construction) apprenticeship

To become a Partitioning Systems Operatives, you could complete a:

  • NVQ Level 2 in Interior Systems (Construction)
  • Level 2 in Interior Systems (Construction) apprenticeship

What does a partitioning systems operatives do?

As a partitioning systems operative, you’ll be responsible for the installation of various types of partitioning systems in a variety of different settings – such as houses, offices and hospitals.

The job role of a partitioning systems operative may involve the following duties: 

  • Measuring the space due to be divided
  • Reading plans and drawings
  • Liaising with architects and site managers
  • Estimating and ordering materials needed for a job
  • Making partitions out of wood, metal or glass using hand or power tools
  • Working out the position of doors, light switches and power points and cutting holes for them
  • Installing 'relocatable' or moveable partitions that can be taken down for use elsewhere in the building
  • Assessing the building’s environmental conditions to ensure partitions are suitable
  • Adhering to soundproofing or fire protection requirements
  • Leaving the place clean and tidy when the job is done.

How much could you earn as a partitioning systems operative?

The expected salary for a partitioning systems operative varies as you become more experienced.

  • Newly trained partitioning systems operatives can earn £10,000 - £15,000
  • Trained partitioning systems operatives with some experience can earn £16,000 - £24,000*
  • Self-employed partitioning systems operatives set their own pay rates.

Hours and salary depend on location, employer and any overtime you may do.

* Salaries have been collected from multiple industry sources


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Career path and progression

As a partitioning systems operative, you could progress to become a team leader. Alternatively, you could specialise in an area such as drylining. 

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