Window fitter

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

Average salary (a year)

£15,000 Starter

to

£25,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

43 to 45 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends on shifts

How to become a window fitter

You can get into this job through:

  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards the role
  • applying directly

Apprenticeship

You could get into this job through an intermediate or advanced apprenticeship in glass industry fenestration installation.

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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Work

You could be taken on by a glazing company as a fitter's 'mate' or assistant and learn the skills you need on the job.

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 will also be helpful.

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Registration

Further information

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

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
  • ambition and a desire to succeed
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • persistence and determination
  • knowledge of maths
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • 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 full UK or EU driving licence, held for at least 12 months

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day duties may include:

  • removing old windows and doors with hand and power tools
  • measuring up the space for new windows or doors
  • fixing units in place, making sure they’re level and secure
  • sealing fittings to make them weathertight
  • clearing away leftover materials

Working environment

You could work at a manufacturing plant 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.

Career path and progression

With experience, you could become a window surveyor or estimator, or move into glazing sales and marketing.

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

Training opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Window Installation Apprenticeship

  • Wage : £148.00 Weekly
  • Location: Plymouth PL7 5EU

Apprentice Window and Conservatory Installer

  • Wage : £163.13 - £307.88 Weekly
  • Location: Huddersfield HD1 3TG

Courses In England

Diploma in Site Carpentry (Carpentry Joinery Woodwork Wood Timber Apprentice Apprenticeship)

  • Provider: Barking & Dagenham College
  • Start date: 04 September 2019
  • Location: Romford

L2 Apprenticeship Carpentry and Joinery - Standard Apprenticeship (NVQ Carpentry and Joinery Level 2)

  • Provider: Blackburn College
  • Start date: 01 September 2019
  • Location: BLACKBURN

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