Window Fitter Apprenticeship

Window Fitter Apprenticeship

Window fitters install windows, doors, conservatories, and glass curtain walls in buildings and structures. They may create new buildings, update ageing fixtures, or restore existing ones.

Responsibilities

Throughout your apprenticeship, you may help:

  • measure up where new glazed units will go
  • remove old windows, doors and panels, using hand and power tools
  • fix new windows, doors and glazed panels into place
  • readjust surrounding timber or brickwork to make sure fittings are secure
  • seal fitted units to make them weatherproof
  • add trims or special finishes
  • clear away leftover building materials
  • issue a work completion certificate to the property owner.

Salary

  • Apprentice window fitters can earn in the region of £15,000
  • Experienced window fitters can earn up to £25,000
  • Self-employed window fitters set their own pay rates.

Working hours

You will typically work 43 to 45 hours per week, occasionally working evenings and weekends on shifts.

Working environment

You could work at a client’s home or on a construction site.

Your working environment may be outdoors some of the time and at height.

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

Qualifications

Qualifications you can achieve as an apprentice window fitter include:

  • Level 2 Fenestration InstallerEntry requirements for this level include some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship. This qualification will take 18 months to complete.

Skills

On a window fitter apprenticeship, you’ll learn:

  • knowledge of building and construction
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to work well with others
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • customer service skills
  • knowledge of maths
  • physical fitness and endurance
  • the ability to operate and control equipment
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device.

Career path and progression

You could become a site supervisor, window surveyor or estimator, or move into glazing sales and marketing.

You could also set up your own business or take up a window fitting franchise.

Updated on December 13, 2022

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