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Carpentry & Joinery - Site Carpentry Apprenticeship Level 2

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Typical duration 24 Months + End-Point Assessment
Level 2

Site carpentry involves carrying out skilled work, primarily using timber products on a construction site, 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, including English and Maths. 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 a Site Carpenter 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 portable circular saws, drills, saws, planers, routers, sanders, multi-functional tools and nail guns
  • How to carry out first fixing work including timber frames and linings, timber coverings, flat roof decking, timber stud partitions, straight flights of stairs and installing handrails and spindles to straight flights of stairs
  • How to carry out second fixing work including installation of service encasements, cladding, wall and floor units, mouldings, side hung doors and ironmongery.
  • How to create structural carcassing work, how to erect trussed rafter roofs, how to construct gables, verge and eaves, how to install floor joists and coverings.

You will also produce a portfolio of evidence demonstrating examples of your work throughout the apprenticeship.

Method of delivery

Site Carpentry apprentices attend College on block release (approximately one week per month) and work for their employer for 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

Site Carpentry Apprenticeship Level 2

Good course combinations

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

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