Job Description:

Shopfitters make and install fixtures and fittings in offices, restaurants, shops and bars.

Job Category:
Engineering & Construction

What you will do:

In your day-to-day duties you could:

  • mark out and cut wood, metal, glass and plastic to
  • make units and fittings in a workshop
  • estimate material quantities and costs
  • prepare tenders and quotes for jobs
  • prepare or follow design plans
  • measure and set out jobs on site
  • install units, frames and shopfronts with hand and power tools
  • work with other tradespeople on site like tilers and electricians


You’ll need:

  • knowledge of manufacturing production and processes
  • knowledge of maths
  • knowledge of building and construction
  • design skills and knowledge
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

As well as:

  • the ability to work well with others (teamwork skills)
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail (organisational skills)
Illustration of employee looking at workspace

Entry Requirements:

To become a shopfitter, you don’t typically need specific qualifications, but certain subjects and skills can be valuable in preparing for this career. Shopfitting involves designing and installing fixtures, fittings, and displays in retail spaces. Here are some relevant subjects:

  1. Design and Technology: Courses related to design and technology can help you develop practical skills in working with tools and equipment, understanding construction techniques, and creating shopfitting plans and layouts.
  2. Mathematics: Basic math skills are important for measurements, calculations, and ensuring precise installations of fixtures and fittings.
  3. ICT (Information and Communication Technology): Proficiency in using computers can be beneficial for reading technical drawings, accessing design software, and communicating with clients and suppliers.
  4. Art and Design: Developing an eye for aesthetics, creativity, and attention to detail is crucial for creating visually appealing retail spaces.
  5. Business Studies: A basic understanding of business principles can be valuable if you plan to work independently or start your own shopfitting business.
  6. English: Effective communication skills are important for understanding and following instructions, working with clients and colleagues, and creating reports or documentation.

Post School

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • applying directly

You can take a construction course at college to learn some of the skills needed for this job. Relevant courses include:

  • Level 2 Diploma in Shopfitting Bench Joinery
  • Level 2 Diploma in Construction Operations
  • Level 2 Extended Diploma In Site Carpentry
  • T Level in On Site Construction

You can start as a junior shopfitter through an intermediate apprenticeship in interior systems, or an advanced apprenticeship for carpenters and joiners.

Direct Application
You may be able to apply directly for a job as a shopfitter if you’ve got experience in one of the construction trades, for example tiling or carpentry and joinery.

Employers may also look for some qualifications in subjects like maths, English, and design and technology.

Working Hours and Environment:

Typically you could work 43 to 45 hours a week, occasionally including nights.

You could work at a client’s business or in a workshop.

Your working environment may be physically demanding, cramped, you’ll travel often, outdoors some of the time, dusty and at height.

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

Career Path & Progression:

With experience, you could move into a supervisory role, like chargehand or foreperson.

You could become a contract manager or shopfitting designer with further training. You could also set up your own shopfitting business.