Why become a window installer?
Becoming a window installer might not feature at the top of the careers list when you’re at school, usually trumped by ‘world-famous actors’ and ‘olympic athletes.’ Yet it is a profession that thousands of people choose to go into, and one that can lead to a highly successful career; with good reason.
Becoming a window installer is more than just learning about how to fit new windows.
It is a highly skilled job that requires real attention to detail, the ability to use power tools, a high level of stamina, good customer service skills, and a sound understanding of maths.
As window installers can potentially find themselves working on a huge range of projects – from conservatories to large commercial developments – extensive knowledge of buildings and construction is also essential.
One of the most appealing aspects of the industry is the fact you can enter it at any point in your working life, whether you’re straight out of school or looking for a career change later down the line.
So, how exactly do you go about becoming a window installer?
What you need to know about a career as a window installer
Having a degree, or healthy GCSE results, will certainly do no harm in a person’s quest to become a window installer. As we have already mentioned, a good knowledge of maths is integral to the role. Following on from school, there are a number of college courses that could make the pathway into this industry significantly smoother. For instance, a Level 1 Certificate in Construction Skills or a Level 1 Award in Carpentry and Joinery would be excellent starting places. Enrolling on college courses like these will often require certain entry requirements to be met, so be sure to check.
A number of specific installation programmes are also available throughout the UK, offering valuable hands-on experience that gives attendees the opportunity to gain valuable skills and knowledge.
For instance, Pro-Fitter, a leading training and certification centre, provides a variety of practical and online training courses for complete beginners, as well as experienced fitters.
Apprenticeships offer people a great way of gaining experience in the real working world while forging a relationship with potential employers.
For anybody with aspirations of becoming a window fitter, an apprenticeship in glazing or fenestration installation would afford you the chance to acquire some of the skills needed in this sector, setting you on the path to full-time employment.
Apprenticeships may be offered by construction firms or installation companies, others are run through colleges and universities. They’re open to anyone over the age of 16, and not all of them require GCSEs.
While completing an apprenticeship you’ll be employed by the company in question and expected to work around 30 hours a week. Your time will be split between on-the-job experience and a college or training provider where you will go on to gain the relevant qualifications.
Learning on the job
Sometimes the best way to learn a job is by actually doing it. While apprenticeships can offer a taste of the real world, there’s nothing quite like building up your experience while working full-time. As there are no formal requirements needed to become a window installer, you can begin applying to employers at any time. Try contacting local firms directly. They may be able to employ you in an assistant capacity or as a ‘helper’, providing you with the support and training needed to become a fully fledged window installer. Even if they don’t have any openings, ask them to keep your details on file, and see if they can advise you on what your next best step should be. Social media is a good tool for finding reputable employers in your area, as is checking to see if a particular installer is VEKA accredited, thus sharing in our values and commitments to providing only the best service.
Window installation is a career that can be highly worthwhile and extremely rewarding.
VEKA is proud to work alongside some of the finest window installers in the country, and we see first hand the excellent work they do.
Once you graduate to installer status, we have two programmes that can help further a career by providing numerous benefits designed to help grow a business.