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Kitchen fitters install whole kitchens into people’s homes and commercial properties and workplaces. They measure and assemble each kitchen unit, cut and fit worktops including cornice and plinth.
Average salaries are in the region of £13,000.00 to £25,000.00. Salaries will vary depending on location / employer
The kitchen is often the heart of a home or the place where people come together at work, so getting it right is an important job.
Kitchen fitters install whole kitchens into people’s homes and workplaces. They use a range of hand and power tools and either work alone or as part of a small team. Kitchen fitters often need a qualified electrician, plumber or Gas Safe registered technician to complete parts of the job.
Many kitchen and bathroom fitters may often have qualifications in other trades such as joinery, plumbing or electrical installation. Employers such as construction companies or construction agencies may take you on if you have experience in a related area, such as cabinet making, plastering or tiling.
Salaries depend on location, employer and any overtime you may do.
John Stewart is a self-employed kitchen fitter.
My daily roles include designing kitchen layouts, working with the client on what they want their kitchen to look like and then crafting bespoke units or buying in from a supplier. We remove all the existing units before we begin and work with other tradespeople such as the electrician, gas worker and tiler to coordinate the other parts of the job.
I am also promoting my business in new ways, using Google to ensure Stewart Joinery is what people click on when they want a new kitchen in Glasgow. Winning more work is a very important aspect of my role.
Communication is essential. I need good people skills to work with my clients and to build a good relationship with the other trades I work with.
I got into this job mainly from helping my father from a young age, and over time found I had a keen interest in seeing how we could develop the business further and specialise in certain areas, such as fitting bespoke kitchens.
Before starting this role in 2000 I attended college, doing a construction apprenticeship to become a joiner in my father’s business. I started off my career in construction in form work (moulding concrete) then moved on to finishings and ironmongery. After a number of years in each of these roles, I went on to do full builds with complete finishing works, including kitchens and decking.
I enjoy walking into an empty room and creating something that will last and be used every day. People often know what they want but find it hard to describe and I enjoy helping them realise what is possible. I also get satisfaction from leaving a customer happy with their new kitchen, often the central point of their home.
Creating my own business from the ground up and making it through some really challenging times, which meant having to adapt and learn new skills to be successful.
In 10 years’ time I would like to have expanded my business to create jobs and opportunities for others looking to start in the industry like I did.
The construction industry can be frustrating, especially during a recession, but with the right amount of effort it’s possible to succeed and have a very rewarding career.
There are no set qualifications that kitchen fitters need to have studied at school to begin a career in the industry. It helps, though, to have GCSEs including A*-C in maths and English or equivalent such as Scottish Nationals or the Welsh Baccalaureate, to help with the calculations you do in the role.
In Scotland, there are jobs available in this occupation. However there is currently no funded modern apprenticeship route to entry.
Many kitchen fitters have qualifications in other trades such as joinery, plumbing or electrical installation. Employers might take you on if you have experience in a related area such as carpentry, plastering or tiling.
A good way into the job is through a construction apprenticeship with a local company. You could do also a college course such as Level 1, 2 and 3 Diploma in Installation, although employers will probably still want to see you have some construction experience.
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The UK construction industry will need an additional 262,920 wood trades and interior fit- out occupations (which includes kitchen fitters) to meet demand every year between 2017 - 2021, according to the latest Construction Skills Network research (LMI). The majority of the demand for these construction jobs will be in North West, West Midlands, closely followed by Wales.
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