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Mode of study Apprenticeship
Duration 2 Years
Campus London Road Campus
Start date 1 August 2019
Course code PLR3USC (1919)
  • Who is it for?

    The occupation involves carrying out advanced skilled work, primarily using timber products, either on a construction site, or in a workshop, creating and installing building components. The advanced carpenter and joiner is able to undertake complex job tasks, requiring high levels of practical skills and knowledge, in addition to managing their own work and leading small teams.

    The main differences between a level 2 site carpenter / architectural joiner, and a level 3 advanced site carpenter / architectural joiner are that the advanced carpenter / joiner has responsibility for managing their own and other people’s work, as well as being required to complete complex and non-standard work. Examples of complex tasks include curved products, irregular joints and bespoke work.

    This is a core and options apprenticeship, with two pathways:

    Pathway 1: An Advanced Site Carpenter will normally work on a building site, or in domestic and commercial premises, preparing and installing complex and often bespoke building components e.g. high quality doors, shaped linings, staircases with turns, complex wall and floor units, erecting bespoke structural carpentry (inclined roofs and joists) and erecting complex roof structures (e.g. inclined roofs with hips, valleys and dormers.)

    Pathway 2: An Advanced Architectural Joiner will normally be employed in a workshop, producing              complex building components by setting out, marking out and manufacturing bespoke architectural           products (e.g. doors, windows, staircases with turns and panelling/cladding). 

  • What does the course involve?

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    As an Apprenticeship standard, you will be assessed against your knowledge, skills and behaviours which includes working towards the level 3 Diploma for Wood Occupations (in your chosen pathway.)

    Knowledge includes;

    • Understand, in more detail, the key aspects of health, safety and welfare good practice and how to apply these to create a safe and healthy working environment.
    • Understand how to plan and carry out work effectively, taking into account complex environmental and task related challenges.
    • Understand how to develop and maintain excellent working relationships with others.
    • Understand how to access data needed to plan and execute work tasks accurately, including an understanding of Building Information Modelling (BIM.) and its impact on construction projects.
    • Understand their broader responsibilities under current legislation and guidance in undertaking construction work.
    • Understand the importance of team working and being prepared to take a lead.

    Skills include;

    • Work safely and pro-actively in the application of good health and safety practice in their work area, to protect self and others.
    • Understand the programme and work schedule for their work area and plan their work accordingly.
    • Develop and maintain good working relationships with managers, supervisors and work colleagues.
    • Determine the best way of carrying out the work and ensure this is communicated clearly to colleagues.
    • Interpret technical specifications and ensure compliance with legislation/guidance relevant to the work being done.
    • Select the required quantity and quality of resources required for carrying out complex and non-standard work, including timber, tools and fixings.
    • Be prepared to take a lead when working in a team, especially when complex or non-standard work is involved.

    Full details can be found here

  • How is the course assessed?

    You will be required to attend College one day a week as well as regularly visited by your assessor for the duration of your apprenticeship for assessment against your knowledge and skills, in readiness for an independent End Point Assessment.

  • Additional Notes

    Typically this takes 18 months to complete.

  • What do I do next?

    To be an apprentice you will need an employer who can offer you work and release you for your training. Once you have an employer in place, you can apply online. If after reading this fact sheet, you are still undecided about the course most suitable for you, please drop in to one of our Advice Events, ring the Apprenticeship Team on 01743 260400 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

George Payton

George Payton

Level 2 Bench Joinery
Previous school: Belvidere School

My Dad is a carpenter and I help him out, but I would eventually like to have my own business. There is good machinery at SCG and the teachers are skilled – it is a great place to get on with your projects. I have enjoyed all the curved work we have done and I created a window frame with the skills I learnt.

Ben Yates

Ben Yates

Level 2 Bench Joinery
Previous school: Ercall Wood School

I came to study at here because it was highly recommended. The teachers are currently helping me work towards the SkillBuild competition, which means doing extra projects in my spare time.

Lloyd Southern

Lloyd Southern

Level 3 Bench Joinery
Previous Institution: Thomas Adams School

I grew up around carpentry as it was my Grandad’s profession and I want to join the Royal Engineers, so this subject is right for me. I really enjoy the visualisation that comes with bench joinery, being able to see a product and know that you can create it yourself.

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    Up to £30,000


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