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Carpentry and Joinery

Open For Applications: Yes
Who is it for?:

An exciting programme of Carpentry & Joinery to build on the skills already learnt in the introductory course, students will be encouraged and supported to make and build projects of their choice. No previous experience is necessary just a desire to learn a ‘hands on’ skill. Having gained the basic knowledge of carpentry and joinery practices, you could aim for a qualification in the trade and apply for the part-time City & Guilds Diploma in Carpentry & Joinery at Level 1.

Entry Requirements:

No formal qualifications are required, however a keen interest in Carpentry & Joinery and an eye for detail would be advantageous.

What does the course involve:

The course will be workshop based with tools and materials provided. Training on power tools and workshop equipment will be given as necessary. You will work on a project of your choice learning the skills required to create wooden frames, shelves, doors or units or items for the home such as toy boxes, jewellery boxes or bird-boxes all with expert guidance. More ambitious projects can be discussed with the course tutor at the start of the course.

Additional Notes:

Please equip yourself with suitable clothing including sturdy footwear, a pencil and a measuring tape.

Open For Applications: Yes
Who is it for?:

Having successfully developed basic hand tool skills through completing the Level 1 Diploma in Carpentry and Joinery this programme is designed to give you an understanding of Bench Joinery as a specialism within these trades. These specialist skills will improve your employability prospects with a Bench Joinery company and you will be working on the same course subjects as those on an Apprenticeship programme. Progress to Level 3 Bench Joinery or Level 3 Construction and the Built Environment or an Apprenticeship.

Entry Requirements:

You will need to have completed the Level 1 Diploma in Carpentry and Joinery. You will also need to have a successful interview with the tutor.

What does the course involve:

You will learn to develop and practice the skills required for employment and/or career progression in bench joinery. The course covers the following skills:

  • principles of building construction, information and communication
  • set up and operating a circular saw
  • produce setting out details for bench joinery products
  • mark out from setting out details for bench joinery products
  • manufacture bench joinery products.

Products covered will be doors, windows, units, linings and staircases.

How is the course assessed:

Your work is continually assessed throughout the course with each unit having a practical and theoretical assessment task. The Principles of Construction is assessed via an on-line exam.

How much does it cost:

All materials are provided as well as tools, equipment and PPE. We recommend that you provide your own steel capped footwear for use in the workshop.

Additional Notes:

All students must attend maths and English and depending on prior achievements and initial assessments will either take GCSE or Functional Skills.

Open For Applications: Yes
Who is it for?:

This course is designed to provide a technical foundation on which to build a career in the construction industry. You will be provided with specific knowledge and technical skills in site carpentry and bench joinery. The course is ideal for students who aspire to work as a carpenter, bench joiner, cabinet maker, shop fitter, kitchen fitter or other associated trades. Progression from the course would be onto a Level 2 Diploma in Site Carpentry/Bench Joinery or onto an Apprenticeship in Site Carpentry/Bench Joinery with a suitable employer.

Entry Requirements:

You will need to complete an Initial Assessment prior to acceptance. You must be working at Level 1 or above in maths and English, demonstrate commitment and motivation and be willing to study theoretical and practical components of the course. Students will be required to take the CITB assessment paper to evaluate their ability to read and understand construction drawings.

What does the course involve:

Vocational units (all units are mandatory):

  • Principles of Building Construction, Information and Communication
  • Produce basic woodworking joints
  • Maintain and use carpentry and joinery hand tools
  • Prepare and use carpentry and joinery portable power tools
  • Health, Safety and Welfare in Construction.
How is the course assessed:

Your work is continually assessed throughout the course with each unit having a practical and theoretical assessment task. The Principles of Construction and Health and Safety unit are assessed via an on-line exam.

How much does it cost:

You will be expected to provide your own overalls, safety shoes and contribute to the cost of any additional enrichment activities. .

Other details:

All students must attend maths and English and depending on prior achievements and initial assessments will either take GCSE or Functional Skills.

Open For Applications: Yes
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.

Open For Applications: Yes
Who is it for?:

Having successfully developed specific Site Carpentry skills through completing the Level 2 Diploma in Site Carpentry this programme is designed to give you an understanding of advanced knowledge and techniques of the trade. These specialist skills will improve your employability prospects with a specialist site carpentry company and you will be working on the same course subjects as those on an Advanced Apprenticeship programme. Progress to HNC in Construction and the Built Environment or an Advanced Apprenticeship in Site Carpentry.

Entry Requirements:

Successful completion of the Level 2 Diploma in Site Carpentry. You will also need to have a successful interview with the tutor.

What does the course involve:

Learners will learn to develop and practise the skills required for employment and/or career progression in advanced site carpentry. The course covers the following knowledge and skills:

  • principles of organising, planning and pricing construction work
  • set up and use fixed and transportable machinery
  • carry out first fix roofing and stairs
  • carry out second fixing double doors and mouldings.

Skills and knowledge will cover advanced site carpentry and will include raking moulds, cut roofs, roofs with hipped rafters and fitting stairs with turns.

How is the course assessed:

The qualification is unit based with each unit having a theoretical multiple choice end test. Vocational units have additional practical assessments.

How much does it cost:

All materials are provided as well as tools, equipment and PPE. We recommend that each student provided their own steel capped footwear for use in the workshop.

Additional Notes:

All students must attend maths and English and depending on prior achievements and initial assessments will either take GCSE or Functional Skills.

Open For Applications: Yes
Who is it for?:

Having successfully developed specific Bench Joinery skills through completing the Level 2 Diploma in Bench Joinery this programme is designed to give you an understanding of advanced knowledge and techniques of the trade. These specialist skills will improve your employability prospects with a bespoke bench joinery company and you will be working on the same course subjects as those on an Advanced Apprenticeship programme. Progress to HNC in Construction and the Built Environment or an Advanced Apprenticeship in Bench Joinery.

Entry Requirements:

Successful completion of the Level 2 Diploma in Bench Joinery. You will also need to have a successful interview with the tutor.

What does the course involve:

You will learn to develop and practise the skills required for employment and/or career progression in Bench Joinery. The course covers the following knowledge and skills:

  • principles of organising, planning and pricing construction work
  • set up and use fixed and transportable machinery
  • manufacture shaped doors and frames
  • manufacture stairs with turns.
How is the course assessed:

Your work is continually assessed throughout the course with each unit having a practical and theoretical assessment task. The principles of organising, planning and pricing construction work is assessed via an on-line exam.

How much does it cost:

All materials are provided as well as tools, equipment and PPE. We recommend you provide your own steel capped footwear for use in the workshop.

Additional Notes:

All students must attend maths and English and depending on prior achievements and initial assessments will either take GCSE or Functional Skills.

Open For Applications: Yes
Who is it for?:

Having successfully developed basic hand tool skills through completing the Level 1 Diploma in Carpentry and Joinery this programme is designed to give you an understanding of Site Carpentry as a specialism within these trades. These specialist skills will improve your employability prospects with a Site Carpentry company and you will be working on the same course subjects as those on an Apprenticeship programme. Progress to Level 3 Site Carpentry or Level 3 Construction and the Built Environment or an Apprenticeship.

Entry Requirements:

You will need to have completed the Level 1 Diploma in Carpentry and Joinery. You will also need to have a successful interview with the tutor.

What does the course involve:

You will learn to develop and practise the skills required for employment and/or career progression in Site Carpentry. The course covers the following skills:

  • Principles of building construction, information and communication
  • carry out first fix flooring and roofing
  • carry out first fix frames, partitions and stairs
  • carry out second fix operations
  • carry out carpentry maintenance
  • set up and operating a circular saw.

Skills and knowledge will cover all of the carpentry practices undertaken in industry and will include door hanging, ironmongery, fitting and fixing of mouldings, kitchen fitting and boxing-in services, installing joists and erecting roof structures and associated details.

How is the course assessed:

Your work is continually assessed throughout the course with each unit having a practical and theoretical assessment task. The Principles of Construction is assessed via an on-line exam.

How much does it cost:

All materials are provided as well as tools, equipment and PPE. We recommend that you provide your own steel capped footwear for use in the workshop.

Additional Notes:

All students must attend maths and English and depending on prior achievements and initial assessments will either take GCSE or Functional Skills.

Open For Applications: Yes
Entry Requirements:

No formal qualifications are required, however a keen interest in Carpentry & Joinery and an eye for detail would be advantageous.

What does the course involve:

The course will be workshop based with tools and materials provided. Training on power tools and workshop equipment will be given as necessary. You will work on a project of your choice learning the skills required to create wooden frames, shelves, doors or units or items for the home such as toy boxes, jewellery boxes or bird-boxes all with expert guidance. More ambitious projects can be discussed with the course tutor at the start of the course.

Additional Notes:

Please equip yourself with suitable clothing including sturdy footwear, a pencil and a measuring tape.

Open For Applications: Yes
Who is it for?:

Having successfully developed specific Site Carpentry skills through completing the Level 2 Diploma in Site Carpentry this programme is designed to give you an understanding of advanced knowledge and techniques of the trade. These specialist skills will improve your employability prospects with a specialist site carpentry company and you will be working on the same course subjects as those on an Advanced Apprenticeship programme. Progress to HNC in Construction and the Built Environment or an Advanced Apprenticeship in Site Carpentry.

Entry Requirements:

Successful completion of the Level 2 Diploma in Site Carpentry. You will also need to have a successful interview with the tutor.

What does the course involve:

Learners will learn to develop and practise the skills required for employment and/or career progression in advanced site carpentry. The course covers the following knowledge and skills:

  • Principles of organising, planning and pricing construction work
  • Set up and use fixed and transportable machinery
  • Carry out first fix roofing and stairs
  • Carry out second fixing double doors and mouldings.

Skills and knowledge will cover advanced site carpentry and will include raking moulds, cut roofs, roofs with hipped rafters and fitting stairs with turns.

How is the course assessed:

The qualification is unit based with each unit having a theoretical multiple choice end test. Vocational units have additional practical assessments.

How much does it cost:

All materials are provided as well as tools, equipment and PPE. We recommend that each student provided their own steel capped footwear for use in the workshop.

Additional Notes:

All students must attend maths and English and depending on prior achievements and initial assessments will either take GCSE or Functional Skills.

Other details:

You will have the opportunity to add additional elements and develop your Maths and English skills through either Functional Skills, GCSEs or A Levels.

Open For Applications: Yes
Who is it for?:

Having successfully developed basic hand tool skills through completing the Level 1 Diploma in Carpentry and Joinery this programme is designed to give you an understanding of Site Carpentry as a specialism within these trades. These specialist skills will improve your employability prospects with a Site Carpentry company and you will be working on the same course subjects as those on an Apprenticeship programme. Progress to Level 3 Site Carpentry or Level 3 Construction and the Built Environment or an Apprenticeship.

Entry Requirements:

You will need to have completed the Level 1 Diploma in Carpentry and Joinery. You will also need to have a successful interview with the tutor.

What does the course involve:

You will learn to develop and practise the skills required for employment and/or career progression in Site Carpentry. The course covers the following skills:

  • Principles of building construction, information and communication
  • Carry out first fix flooring and roofing
  • Carry out first fix frames, partitions and stairs
  • Carry out second fix operations
  • Carry out carpentry maintenance
  • Set up and operating a circular saw.

Skills and knowledge will cover all of the carpentry practices undertaken in industry and will include door hanging, ironmongery, fitting and fixing of mouldings, kitchen fitting and boxing-in services, installing joists and erecting roof structures and associated details.

How is the course assessed:

Your work is continually assessed throughout the course with each unit having a practical and theoretical assessment task. The Principles of Construction is assessed via an on-line exam.

How much does it cost:

All materials are provided as well as tools, equipment and PPE. We recommend that you provide your own steel capped footwear for use in the workshop.

Additional Notes:

All students must attend maths and English and depending on prior achievements and initial assessments will either take GCSE or Functional Skills.

Other details:

You will have the opportunity to add additional elements and develop your Maths and English skills through either Functional Skills, GCSEs or A Levels.

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