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Window fitter

Alternative titles for this job include

Window fitters install windows, conservatories and glazed curtain walls in homes and businesses.

Average salary (a year)

£16,000 Starter

to

£27,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

43 to 45 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends on shifts

How to become

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How to become a window fitter

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards the role
  • applying directly

College

You could start by taking a college course in construction or joinery. These courses would teach you some of the skills you need in this job and may help you when looking for a trainee position with a glazing company.

Courses include:

  • Level 1 Certificate in Construction Skills
  • Level 1 Award in Carpentry and Joinery
  • T level for Fenestration Installers

Entry requirements

You may need:

  • GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths for a T level

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Apprenticeship

You can get into this job by doing a fenestration installer intermediate apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship

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Work

You could be taken on by a glazing company as a fitter's assistant or 'mate' and learn on the job by working with an experienced fitter.

Direct Application

You can apply directly to become a window fitter. There are no set entry requirements, though you'll need maths skills to measure and work out dimensions. Employers may ask for GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C).

Experience in carpentry and joinery may be helpful.

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Registration

Further information

You can find out more about becoming a window fitter from Go Construct.

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • knowledge of building and construction
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to work well with others
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • customer service skills
  • knowledge of maths
  • physical fitness and endurance
  • the ability to operate and control equipment
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Restrictions and Requirements

You may need a driving licence for some jobs.

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

In this job, you would:

  • measure up where new glazed units will go
  • remove old windows, doors and panels, using hand and power tools
  • fix new windows, doors and glazed panels into place
  • readjust surrounding timber or brickwork to make sure fittings are secure
  • seal fitted units to make them weatherproof
  • add trims or special finishes
  • clear away leftover building materials
  • issue a work completion certificate to the property owner

Working environment

You could work at a client's home or on a construction site.

Your working environment may be outdoors some of the time and at height.

You may need to wear safety clothing and use safety equipment.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

You could become a site supervisor, window surveyor or estimator, or move into glazing sales and marketing.

You could also set up your own business or take up a window fitting franchise.

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Fenestration Installer Apprentice

  • Wage: £8,775.00 Annually
  • Location:

Apprenticeship In Fenestration Installation (Glass fitting)

  • Wage: £172.00 Weekly
  • Location: North Ferriby

Courses In England

Cert Construction Skills (Carpentry & Joinery) L1

  • Provider: MID-KENT COLLEGE
  • Start date: 06 September 2021
  • Location: Maidstone

Carpentry/Joinery(Construction Skills): CG L1 Award

  • Provider: YORK COLLEGE
  • Start date: 21 September 2021
  • Location: York

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