Shopfitters make and install fixtures and fittings in offices, restaurants, shops and bars.

Average salary (a year)

£13,500 Starter


£30,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

43 to 45 a week

You could work

nights away from home

How to become a Shopfitter

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • applying directly


You can take a construction course at college to learn some of the skills needed for this job. Relevant courses include:

  • Level 1 Certificate in Construction Crafts
  • Level 2 Diploma in Construction Skills Bench Joinery
  • Level 2 Extended Diploma In Site Carpentry

Entry requirements

You may need:

  • 2 or fewer GCSEs at grades 3 to 1 (D to G) for a level 1 course
  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D) for a level 2 course

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You can start as a junior shopfitter through an intermediate or advanced apprenticeship in construction building wood occupations, or in construction specialist interior systems.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, for an intermediate apprenticeship
  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), usually including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship

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Direct application

You may be able to apply directly for a job as a shopfitter if you've got experience in one of the construction trades, for example tiling or carpentry and joinery.

Employers may also want you to have some GCSEs in subjects like maths, English, and design and technology.

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Further information

You can find out more about careers in shopfitting from Go Construct and the National Association of Shopfitters and Interior Contractors.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • knowledge of maths
  • knowledge of building and construction
  • the ability to work well with others
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • knowledge of manufacturing production and processes
  • design skills and knowledge
  • Being able to use a computer terminal or hand-held device may be beneficial for this job.

Restrictions and requirements

You'll need to:

  • have a good level of fitness

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day duties could include:

  • marking out and cutting wood, metal, glass and plastic to make units and fittings in a workshop
  • estimating material quantities and costs, and preparing tenders and quotes for jobs
  • preparing design plans
  • measuring and setting out jobs on site
  • paint spraying timber products

Working environment

You could work at a client's business or in a workshop.

Your working environment may be physically demanding, cramped, you'll travel often, outdoors some of the time, dusty, noisy and at height.

You may need to wear safety clothing.

Career path and progression

With experience, you could move into a supervisory role, like chargehand or foreperson.

With further training, you could become a works manager, contracts manager or shopfitting designer.

With the right experience and contacts, you could also set up your own shopfitting business.

Training opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Brickwork/Groundwork Apprentice

  • Wage : £250.00 Weekly
  • Location: Handcross RH17 6BN

Apprentice Window Fitter

  • Wage : £180.00 Weekly
  • Location: London TW11 0RH

Courses In England

Basic Construction Craft Diploma Level 1

  • Provider: Sunderland College
  • Start date: 12 September 2019
  • Location: Sunderland

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