Apprenticeships in England
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Shopfitters transform the interiors of offices, shops, restaurants, bars and more. They create plans, then make and install fittings to enhance our experience of a space. As a shopfitter, you’ll be ripping out the old and refitting the new. You could be overseeing builds and working with a range of materials to bring an area to life.
There are several routes to becoming a shopfitter. You could do a college course, an apprenticeship, or apply directly to an employer.
You should explore these routes 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.
Your local college or training provider may offer courses which will help you start your career as a shopfitter.
You could study for a Level 1 Certificate in Construction Crafts, a Level 2 Diploma in Construction Skills Bench Joinery, or a Level 2 Extended Diploma in Site Carpentry.
You’ll generally need:
An apprenticeship with a construction firm is a good way into the industry. Apprenticeships are open to anyone over the age of 16. As an apprentice, you will 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.
An intermediate apprenticeship takes around two years to complete. If your employer can provide you with the right experiences you could then progress onto a Level 3 (advanced) qualification. Some shopfitters start out as carpenters or joiners and then specialise in shopfitting and interior contracting.
If you’ve got experience in tiling, carpentry or joinery, you may be able to apply directly to an employer for a job as a shopfitter.
If you are already employed, you could complete a Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Wood Occupations (on-the-job) to improve your skills.
Work experience is essential to gaining employment within the construction industry. This could be gained at school, or by working weekends and holidays with a company or relative who works as a shopfitter. Potential employers will always be pleased to see work experience listed on your CV.
Additional skills which may benefit anyone looking to become a shopfitter include:
As a shopfitter you will be responsible for preparing designs for a client, and then building this in the shop once approved.
The job role of a shopfitter involves the following duties:
The expected salary for a shopfitter varies as you become more experienced.
Salaries typically range depending on location and overtime. Self-employed shopfitters set their own pay rates.
* Salaries have been collected from multiple industry sources and have been updated as of 2019
Check out the latest shopfitter vacancies:
As these are external websites, the number of vacancies related to your preferred role may vary. New opportunities will be posted as they come up.
As an experienced shopfitter, you could become an estimator or designer.
You could enter into a supervisory role, such as a foreman, project or contract manager. You might decide to start your own business or work as a subcontractor.
Explore the progression opportunities below