Construction and building

Career outlook for shopfitter

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Currently employed in Scotland


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What's it like?

You would make and fit the woodwork or metalwork for shops, banks, offices, restaurants and bars.

You would also build and refurbish shop fronts, doorways and fixtures.

On most jobs you would work closely with other tradespeople such as tilers, electricians and plumbers.

You would:

  • Mark out and cut wood, metals, glass and plastics to make units and fittings in a workshop
  • Work out material amounts and costs, and prepare quotes for jobs
  • Prepare design plans for a contract
  • Measure and set out jobs on site, and put in the fixtures and fittings
  • Paint timber products

As an experienced shopfitter, you might work as a workshop manager or site supervisor, making sure that your team's work meets quality standards.

You would need to be aware of health and safety rules, and keep up to date with Building Regulations.

Working conditions


You would normally work around 40 hours a week, with overtime often available. In some cases, you may have to work through the night, where the work needs to be done with minimal disruption to a client's business.


You would spend most of your time indoors, in a construction workshop or on site. You may need to wear protective clothing like safety footwear, goggles and ear defenders.


Overnight stays away from home may be necessary on some contracts.

UK employment status





Self employed


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  • Creative
  • Designing
  • Working with numbers
  • Observation
  • Attention to detail
  • Developing a plan
  • Implementing ideas
  • Managing resources
  • Time management

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There are no formal qualifications required to enter this role.

Entry is usually through a Modern Apprenticeship where you gain a relevant qualifications such as a Scottish Vocational Qualifications in Wood Occupations (Construction): Shopfitting Site Work (SVQ levels 2/3). 

For this Modern Apprenticeship a lot of employers value a good general education including English and maths. Some employers may ask for qualifications at SCQF level 4/5. You may need to pass an aptitude test.

You may move into this job after working in another trade such as carpentry and joinery, tiling or plastering.

Useful subjects

  • English
  • Maths
  • Technologies
  • Graphic communication

You will also need

You must hold a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card or equivalent and pass a health and safety test to train or work on construction sites.

A driving licence may be required for some jobs.

Helpful to have

Qualifications and experience that show practical skills such as Skills for Work Construction Crafts (SCQF level 4/5).