Shopfitters can work in an office, a workshop, a machine shop or a paint shop.
The Role
  • Shopfitters make the units and fittings using different materials including wood, metal, glass and plastic.
  • They may have to arrange for specialist firms to install things such as floors, carpets, phones, lights, radiators and ventilators.
  • They are in charge of the whole project and gives instructions to the various subcontractors involved in plastering, floor laying, heating and lighting.
  • The scope of interiors to work may range from retail, leisure, heritage, banks, restaurants, bars etc.
  • Newly trained Shopfitters can earn in the region of £17,000 - £20,000
  • Trained with experience Shopfitters can earn in the region of £20,000 - £30,000
  • Senior/Master Crafts Shopfitters can earn in the region of £30,000 - £35,000
Salaries typically range depending on location and overtime. Self-employed shopfitters set their own pay rates.
Qualifications & Training
You don’t need any formal qualifications to be a shopfitter but it helps to have Standard Grades/National 4 or 5s, GCSEs in English and Maths grades 9-4 (A*-C), or the Welsh Baccalaureate. Some people move into the trade from another area of construction, such as carpentry and joinery. As an apprentice in shopfitting and interior contracting, the Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Wood Occupations - Shopfitting Bench Joinery qualification has been developed for delivery in a working environment. This means you will need to be employed to study this qualification. It has been designed to develop and recognise your skills, knowledge and competence so that you can work in Shopfitting and Interior Contracting within the construction industry or progress onto further learning. As an apprentice in shopfitting and interior contracting you will learn key practical skills and knowledge in these mandatory units:
  • Confirming work activities and resources for an occupational work area in the workplace
  • Installing shopfitting frames and many and varied material finishing’s in the workplace
  • Developing and maintaining good occupational working relationships in the workplace
  • Confirming the occupational method of work in the workplace
  • Installing shopfitting bespoke furniture in the workplace
  • Installing shopfronts and finishing’s in the workplace
  • Setting up and using fixed machinery in the workplace including computer numerically controlled machines
  • Conforming to general health, safety and welfare in the workplace
A good way to start your career is on an apprenticeship with a shopfitting or building company.