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A partitioning systems operative divides up the inside of a building into all kinds of spaces.

Average salaries are in the region of £9,000.00 to £30,000.00. Salaries will vary depending on location / employer

Career Profile

A partitioning systems operative divides up the inside of a building into all kinds of spaces. They make it possible to use rooms and other areas flexibly when they’re put to different uses.

What they do

Partitioning systems operatives work with the architect, interior designer or facilities manager on the interior fit-out of a building to make sure the partition works exactly how they want.

They work with materials that are suited to the kind of partitioning systems being installed or a particular building’s purpose. They need to know the correct method for installing different systems. If one is custom made, the operative must follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully.

Typical duties include:

  • Assessing the building’s environmental conditions to ensure they’re suitable
  • Examining materials to check everything has arrived and nothing is damaged and transporting them carefully to the site
  • Measuring out work areas
  • Sticking to the rules on soundproofing or fire protection
  • Leaving the place clean and tidy when the job is done

Hours & Salary:

  • Newly trained Partitioning Systems Operatives can earn in the region of £9,500 - £15,000
  • Trained with experience Partitioning Systems Operatives can earn in the region of £16,000 - £24,000
  • Self-employed Partitioning Systems Operatives set their own pay rates.

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


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Qualifications & Training

GCSE or equivalent such as the Welsh Baccalaureate in Maths and English are important because you need to use precise measurements and follow instructions carefully.

You could then do an NVQ Level 2 in Interior Systems (Construction) – Partitioning and move on to a Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Occupational Work Supervision to gain the right skills for this career.

In Scotland the normal entry route is through a Modern Apprenticeship. Visit Skills Development Scotland for more information.

You do not always need formal qualifications, but Standard grades or National 4 or 5's in English, Maths and a technological subject are useful. It's common practice to take and pass a selection test to enter a Modern Apprenticeship.

You must hold a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card or equivalent and pass a health and safety test to qualify for this scheme. 

With on the job and off the job training, you would study for a part time construction course at college which includes partitioning.


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Career trends and forecasts

55,480 of people needed

The UK construction industry will need a a total 55,480 specialist building operative roles (which includes partitioning systems operatives) to meet demand between 2017 - 2021, according to the latest Construction Skills Network research (LMI). The majority of this demand will be in East of England and East Midlands.

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