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Mode of study Apprenticeship
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Campus London Road Campus
Start date 1 August 2019
Course code PLR2USC (1919)
  • Who is it for?

    The occupation involves carrying out skilled work, primarily using timber products on a construction site, creating and installing building components. A Site Carpenter will normally work on a building site, or in domestic and commercial premises, preparing and fixing building components, from the initial erection of a new building, through to the installation of all necessary fixtures and fittings, as well as a range of repair and maintenance activities. An Architectural Joiner will normally be employed in a workshop producing timber based building components and other architectural products, such as doors, windows, units and staircases, which are then transported to construction sites to be installed by site carpenters.

  • What does the course involve?

    As an Apprenticeship standard, you will be assessed against your knowledge, skills and behaviours which includes working towards the level 2 Diploma for Wood Occupations (in your chosen pathway.)

    Knowledge includes;

    • Understand the principles of health, safety and welfare and how these are applied in the workplace.
    • Understand how to communicate with others and comply with instructions and directions.
    • Understand the different techniques and methods used to move, handle and store materials.
    • Understand how to interpret and use relevant product information and specifications.
    • Understand their responsibilities under current employment and safety legislation, such as The Health & Safety at Work Act
    • Understand how to calculate quantity, length, area and wastage of resources.
    • Understand the needs of other workers and how to work effectively with others.
    • Understand the characteristics, quality, uses, sustainability, limitations and defects associated with timber and timber-based products and components, such as hardwood, softwood, MDF and other materials.

    Skills include;

    • Work safely and be aware of key health, safety and welfare issues.
    • Plan and carry out their work to commercial standards of quality and speed.
    • Move, handle and store resources, such as materials and timber components, complying with relevant legislation & guidance.
    • Interpret and follow verbal and written work instructions from trade supervisors and site managers
    • Select the required materials to carry out the work, such as correct timber, tools and fixings.
    • Access, interpret and use drawings and specifications to carry out their work.

    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 2 years 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.

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.

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.

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Career Options

  • Inspectors of standards and regulations

    Up to £34,000

  • Carpenters and joiners

    Up to £30,000


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