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Carpentry & Joinery - Architectural Joinery Apprenticeship Level 2

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Typical duration 24 Months + End-Point Assessment
Level 2

This occupation involves carrying out skilled work, primarily using timber products, in a workshop, creating and installing building components.

Entry requirements

You must be employed in a relevant role for a minimum of 30 hours per week. As a minimum you should have 3 GCSEs at grade 3 or above. If you do not have a grade 4 or above in English and Maths, you will be required to work towards Level 2 Functional Skills in these subjects.

What will I study?

This apprenticeship will give you the knowledge skills and behaviours required to work as an Architectural Joiner and will include the following:

  • Health and safety to include Control of Substances Hazardous to Health, Manual Handling and Working at Height Regulations, use of PPE etc.
  • Principles of building construction terminology and components, Building Information Modelling (BIM) and environmental and sustainability considerations
  • Interpreting and producing relevant information from drawings, specifications and work instructions including the basic principles of Computer-Aided Design (CAD)
  • Understand the characteristics, quality, uses, sustainability, limitations and defects associated with timber and timber-based products and components
  • How to use hand and power tools including narrow bandsaws, crosscut saws, re-saws, panel saws, surface planers, thicknessers and mortices
  • How to manufacture routine architectural joinery products such as door, window, straight stairs and fitting parts, how to produce door, window and fitting parts, and how to finish products to the specified standard for them to accept a range of finishes
  • How to install a range of common ironmongery components for doors, windows and units using a range of hand and power tools.

You will also produce a portfolio of evidence demonstrating examples of your work produced through the apprenticeship

Method of delivery

This apprenticeship is delivered on a day release basis – One day per week at York College during college term time – and working with your employer the rest of the time. If required Functional Skills are delivered as a separate block release.

How will I be assessed?

Continual assessment will take place throughout the duration of the apprenticeship. If required, the Functional Skills are assessed through on-line tests

The End-Point Assessment (EPA) will comprise of:

  • 12-hour practical test over 2 days

60-minute interview based on your portfolio of evidence

Additional costs

There are no specific College programme related costs, however you will be advised of any additional costs during your application and enrolment process.

Qualifications received

Architectural Joinery apprenticeship Level 2.

Good course combinations

This is a full-time course. It is not possible to combine this course with other Vocational, T Level or A Level programmes.

Your next steps

The achievement of this standard will meet the requirements of the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) ‘Skilled Worker’ apprenticeship, which is widely accepted in the sector as a ‘license to operate’ in a skilled construction trade. This can include working for a business or self-employment. You can also progress on to higher level qualifications to increase your skills and knowledge of the Construction Industry

To find out more about how to become an apprentice or how to recruit an apprentice into your business, please contact York College Apprenticeships Team:

Tel: 01904 770368

"I was already in the construction industry and decided to study the Joinery Apprenticeship as it provides further skills and lots of opportunities to go into management in the future.

York College is really convenient as it offers block-release which is needed when you work away from home. My tutors provide great support and have lots of knowledge on the subject. In the future I may go into higher education, leading into management."

Joinery Apprenticeship
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