Shopfitter Careers

How to become Shopfitter

What does a Shopfitter do?

Shopfitters produce and install shopfronts and entrances, and fit out the interiors of shops and stores. They also construct and install exterior and interior fittings for other buildings such as banks, offices, restaurants and bars.

The work varies depending upon duties but can include:

  • working as a joiner, wood machinist or metal fabricator in a workshop, selecting, marking out and shaping wood, metals, glass and plastics to produce components and fittings
  • working as an estimator, preparing tenders (estimates of the costs of the work for submission to the client)
  • working as a setter-out, preparing scaled and full-size drawings of the components for the contract, and preparing cutting lists of materials and orders for bought-in materials
  • working as a fixer, carrying out installation work on site.

Experienced shopfitters may act as workshop managers with responsibility to ensure products are made on time and meet quality standards.

What's the working environment like working as a Shopfitter?

The basic working week is 39 hours, but overtime is often available. In some cases it may be necessary to work through the night, especially on re-fits where work needs to be carried out with minimal disruption to business.

Shopfitters work indoors, either in a workshop or on-site. Workshops can be dusty and noisy. Joiners, machinists and metal fabricators may need to wear basic safety equipment, such as safety helmets, protective footwear, goggles and ear defenders.

Site work will involve travel, and the possible requirement to work away from home for varying periods of time. A driving licence will be useful.

What does it take to become a Shopfitter?

To be a shopfitter you should:

  • have good practical skills
  • be able to pay attention to detail
  • have good numeracy skills to take precise measurements and calculate quantities of materials
  • be able to work quickly and accurately
  • be able to follow technical drawings, plans and written or verbal instructions
  • be aware of safety issues
  • be physically fit
  • work well as part of a team.

Draughting and IT skills will be required if you are involved in producing designs and estimating.

Shopfitter Career Opportunities

Shopfitters usually work for specialist shopfitting companies and opportunities are good.

With experience, it is possible to progress to supervisory roles, such as chargehand or foreperson; and with further training, works manager and contracts manager.

Having gained sufficient experience, some shopfitters set up their own businesses.

Further information

If you would like to know anything about Shopfitter that does not appear on Hotcourses, further information can be found below.

Bircham Newton
King's Lynn
PE31 6RH
Tel: 01485 577577

Shopfitting Industry Group Training Association (SITGA)
National Specialist Office
Charnwood Wing
Holywell Park
Ashby Road
LE11 3GJ

National Association of Shopfitters
411 Limpsfield Road
Tel: 01883 624 961

Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS)
Tel: 0870 417 8777

Equal Opportunities Commission

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