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Craft Carpentry & Joinery - Site Carpentry Apprenticeship Level 3

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Typical duration 12 Months + End-Point Assessment
Level 3

Site Carpentry involves carrying out advanced skilled work, primarily using timber products on a construction site creating and installing building components. The Level 3 Site Carpenter 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.

Entry requirements

You must be employed in a relevant role for a minimum of 30 hours per week. You must have achieved Level 2 in Site Carpentry and have passed GCSE English and Maths at grade 4 or above or have achieved Functional Skills in these subjects at Level 2.

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:

  • Install complex and non-standard doors and window frames, shaped door and hatch linings, partitions with openings and changes of direction and staircases with turns
  • Install accessible service encasements, bespoke wall/ floor units and fitments, panelling and stair components e.g. balustrades, handrails and spindles to staircases with turns
  • Erect inclined roofs with gables, roof verges and eaves, including finishings, joists and roof coverings, dormers and features
  • Repair and or replace frames, mouldings, floor or flat roof joist coverings, door and window ironmongery, window components, structural joists and rafters, window components, guttering and downpipes
  • Use and maintain marking tools, hand tools, power tools and associated equipment required for advanced work
  • Carry out pre-use checks of all tools and equipment to be used for the project by self and colleagues, providing training and instruction where necessary
  • Carry out quality checks of own and others work against specification and take remedial action, providing instructions to others as to the work required
  • Take a lead when working in a team, especially when complex or non-standard work is involved
  • Complete work in respect of fire doors in accordance with current legislation

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.

How will I be assessed?

Continual assessment will take place throughout the duration of the apprenticeship.

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

  • 12-hour practical test over 2 days
  • 90-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

Advanced Site Carpentry Apprenticeship Level 3.

Fire Door Installation Awareness.

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 apprenticeship will meet the requirement of the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) ‘Advanced Skilled Worker’, which is widely recognised as a ‘license to operate’ in a skilled construction trade. On completion you will progress to a wide range of employment opportunities such as supervisors in the workplace and then progress on to management level jobs.

Self-employment or starting a business may also be an option. Candidates may also progress on to higher-level qualifications such as an HNC.

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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