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      Summary of occupation

      Shopfitting refers to the industry of furniture for retail environments. Retailers use shopfitters to fill in their stores with displays and merchandising and stocking systems needed to make the business profitable.

      A shopfitter is a firm that will design, supply and install fittings for retailers. The shopfitting industry is normally sectorized: there will be shopfitters specialized for Food and Grocery retailers, then shopfitter specialized in Electronics Retailers, then those one working with Architects for Fashion retailers and so on.

      The shopfitter usually deliver a package to the retailer: a multitude of products sourced from different manufacturers. In the case of a food retailer this means sourcing refrigeration, shelving, counters, checkouts, signs, graphics from different suppliers and giving this ‘package’ as one entity.

      Big retailers with large budgets to spend will deal directly with the manufacturers of the shopfitting systems, since they have internal design offices. Shopfitters will be used a service suppliers for installations and site developments. Manufacturers of store equipment may also provide some design and installation services.

      ANZSCO description:

      Cuts, shapes and fits timber parts in workshops to form structures and fittings, ready for installation. Registration or licensing may be required.

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      Common Industrial Instrument (award)

      MA0000020 Construction Industry Award

      Knowledge, Skills and Attributes

      A Joiner needs:

      • to enjoy practical and manual work, and especially appreciate working with wood
      • to have good health, eyesight and hand-eye coordination
      • to have some mathematical ability
      • to be able to work as part of a team
      • to be able to lift heavy objects.

      Working Conditions

      Shopfitters normally work 38 hours, Monday to Friday in a workshop or at a clients’ business.

      Overtime may be necessary when there are deadlines to meet. Shopfitters typically work in a noisy and dusty environment.

      Most Shopfitters are employed within a manufacturing business, preparing and assembling timber components off-site such as stairs, balustrades, specialised doors, frames, etc., ready for installation on-site.

      Qualified Salary Details

      On average, joiners can expect to earn between $1 000 and $1 249 per week ($52 000 and $64 999 per year), depending on the organisation they work for, and their level of experience.

      Some joiners are self-employed and/or work as part of a team as an individual sub-contractor.

      Earnings for sub-contractors or small business operators will depend on their level of skill and experience, the level of demand for their services, as well as the amount of work completed.

      Tools and Technologies

      Joiners use wood-cutting machines, and hand and air powered tools. They may also work with jigs and templates as well as tools suited to working with perspex or metal.

      Education and Training/Entrance Requirements

      To become a joiner you usually need to complete an apprenticeship. The joiner or carpenter and joiner apprenticeships usually take 48 months to complete and are available as a school- based apprenticeship.

      Workers in the construction industry who undertake installation work on a construction site, must undergo safety induction training and be issued with a Construction Induction Card

      Apprenticeships and Traineeships

      As an apprentice or trainee, you enter into a formal training contract with an employer. You spend most of your time working and learning practical skills on the job and you spend some time undertaking structured training with a registered training provider of your choice. They will assess your skills and when you are competent in all areas, you will be awarded a nationally recognised qualification.

      If you are still at school you can access an apprenticeship through your school. You generally start your school based apprenticeship by attending school three days a week, spending one day at a registered training organisation and one day at work. Talk to your school’s VET Coordinator to start your training now through VET in Schools. If you get a full-time apprenticeship you can apply to leave school before reaching the school leaving age.

      If you are no longer at school you can apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship and get paid while you learn and work.

      Related Apprenticeships

      • Joinery (Housing)
      • Cabinetmaking (Kitchen and Bathrooms)

      Recognition of Prior Learning

      If you think you already have some of the skills or competencies, obtained either through non-formal or informal learning, you may be able to gain credit through recognition of prior learning.