- Install windows, doors and conservatories in homes and businesses
- You'll need practical skills, the ability to work at heights, and good customer service skills
- You could work for a company, as a contractor, or set up your own business
- Removing old windows and glazed panels and fit new ones
- Measuring up the space for new windows or doors
- Fixing units in place
- Making sure they're level and secure
- Sealing fittings to make them weathertight
- Clearing away leftover materials
- You could also work in the manufacturing of glazing units, or specialise in repairing or replacing windows in heritage buildings
Overtime is common and you'll often work both indoors and outside, sometimes at height. The work can be physically demanding.
There are no set entry requirements, so you could apply directly to glazing companies to be taken on as a fitter's mate. You'll need good customer service skills, practical ability, the ability to plan and organise workloads to meet deadlines, and maths skills to measure and work out dimensions.
Some employers may ask for some GCSEs. Experience in carpentry and joinery may be helpful.
You could also get started by doing an intermediate or advanced apprenticeship in glass industry fenestration installation.
You may need a driving licence for travelling between jobs, and you'll need a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card or equivalent to train and work on a construction site.
With experience, you could become a 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.