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The Departments in the Civil Service cover so many aspects of life, and economic and social activity that I think there is choice for everyone. I would also encourage people to think about why they are considering the job - do they see long-term career prospects in it, or maybe they see it as a means to make a contribution.

At the end of the day, service to the public is what a career in the Civil Service is about.

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Window Fitter

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Install window frames and windows into new and existing buildings. They may also fit conservatories and doors with glass panels.


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Window fitters install window frames and windows including double-glazing. They work with different materials including glass, wood, plastic and aluminium. Windows are generally standard size but occasionally can be made to measure.  
 
If working on existing buildings, they first carefully remove the old glass and possibly the window frames using hand and power tools. They then put in place the new windows and adjust the frames to fit exactly, using hand tools such as planes and saws. Finally, they fix them into place and make any repairs that need to be done to the plasterwork around the window frame. Experienced fitters may repair and replace windows in historical buildings.  
 
Some window fitters specialise in fitting conservatories or doors with glass panels. They may work alone, with one other person or in small teams. Window fitters are also often required to fit weather boarding.

 


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As a window fitter you will need good practical skills. You need to be physically fit as the work involves some heavy lifting and working at height from ladders. You must be able to take accurate measurements and make calculations.  
 
Some of the work is outdoors so you should be prepared to work in all kinds of weather conditions. The ability to drive may be useful.


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