A Guide To Becoming A Window Fitter
There are several options for becoming a window fitter. College courses are one option, another is an apprenticeship or learning the trade on the job.
Taking the time to explore each of these routes will help you to decide on the best choice for you. Granted, several of the options have a requirement related to qualifications, however, in general, employers are looking for a person who has a readiness to learn, is good at following directions, and has an enthusiasm for the trade.
The College/Training Option
To gain useful skills for becoming a window fitter you could consider completing a college course in an area such as joinery or carpentry. For instance, you may find that a college close to you offers the chance to gain a Level 2 Diploma in Bench Joinery or in Carpentry and Joinery. For the latter, you may also consider a Level 3.
When you have the qualification under your belt, you could then look for a position such as a window fitter’s assistant, this will help you to gain more knowledge in practice.
The requirements are:
- Level 2 Course – at least 2 GCSEs between grades 9 and 3 (A* – D)
- Level 3 Course – at least 5 GCSEs between grades 9 and 4 (A* – C)
The Apprenticeship Option
A construction or fenestration company may offer intermediate apprenticeships in the areas of glazing and fenestration installation, pointing you in the direction of a position as a window fitter.
As a rule, you will have to have at least two GCSEs which are between grades 9 and 3 (A* – D) or an equivalent qualification.
Everyone over 16 years old can apply for an apprenticeship. Apprentices are fully employed by the company that has taken them on and will work a minimum of 30 hours each week. The working week will be divided into two areas; on-the-job work experience and time at college or with the training provider.
The Direct Work Option
Becoming a window fitter does not require specific formal qualifications. This means that as long as you have GCSEs in Maths and English, or if you already have a level of experience in carpentry or joinery, you could consider applying or approaching a company directly so that you can be considered for the position of widow fitter’s mate (assistant).
If you choose this option and are successful, the employer may then support you so that you become skilled on the job.
The Work Experience Option
If you are serious about entering this industry you are going to need work experience. Gaining this at school is a possibility, or you may decide to work during your holidays or at the weekend with a window fitting company. When a potential employer sees that your CV lists work experience it will make a good impression.
What Is Involved In The Role Of Window Fitter?
The position of a window fitter involves installing windows and doors on commercial and domestic premises, this includes making sure that fittings are weathertight and appropriate for use.
Duties are as follows:
- Removing old doors and windows (using power tools as well as hand tools)
- Taking accurate measurements for new doors and windows to be fitted
- Fixing in place single or double-glazed windows and doors
- Constructing conservatories
- Working to improve the energy efficiency of a building by ensuring fittings are weathertight
- Skilled at using a variety of fittings such as wooden, UPVC, metal and timber window frames
- Cleaning up after work is complete
What Are The Typical Earnings Of A Window Fitter?
The more experienced you become like a window fitter the more your expected salary will change.
- For a recently trained window fitter, the salary is around £15,000
- Window fitters with experience can expect a salary of around £25,000
- Window fitters who are self-employed will decide on the rates they offer.
- The location of your work, your employer, and any overtime will all have an impact on the salary.