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Careers in Shopfitting

Interior contracting is not mass production: it is good quality work in which you can take pride, meeting your clients’ needs with considered design and expert manufacturing.

You can start training in shopfitting or interior contracting without any formal qualification, although the following can help:

  • GCSEs in English, Maths, Science, and Design & Technology
  • Good hand skills
  • Able to measure accurately
  • Good interpersonal skills

There are several career routes and quality apprenticeships open to a junior shopfitter and your initial training could consist of experience as a:

  • Shopfitting Joiner - making and assembling a wide variety of items used in commercial spaces
  • Shopfitting Wood Machinist - preparing and shaping timber for assembly, including working with the latest machine technology
  • Metal Fabricator - cutting, shaping, welding, and finishing a broad spectrum of metals
  • Shopfitting Site Fixer - installing and assembling on-site components and bespoke furniture

Life-long learning leads to career paths in:

  • Site Foreman - responsible for running and coordinating on-site activities, including sub-contract works
  • Workshop Chargehand/Foreman - responsible for managing the workshops, machinists, and joiners
  • Setter Out - preparing component drawings, cutting lists of materials, and bought-in material orders
  • Estimator - prepares tenders and cost estimates

As you gain further experience, you may have the chance to become a Works Manager (coordinating all factory activity) or a Contracts Manager (coordinating all on-site activity), eventually progressing to a Managing Director or setting up your own business.

Our industry continually recognises and nurtures potential through our awards programme - find out more about apprenticeships in shopfitting and interior contracting or SITF training.