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Carpenters and joiners

Up to £29,000

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Construction and building trades supervisors

Up to £33,000

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Why Carpentry & Joinery?

Practical carpentry and joinery skills are in high demand. If you want a career in the joinery trade then this apprenticeship is for you. The Wood Occupations Apprenticeship offers a combination of qualifications that will equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to work as a Joiner in the Construction industry. Carpenters and Joiners prepare and put into place most wooden parts of buildings – from floorboards and roof trusses to expertly-crafted windows and doors.

Qualification and Level

Intermediate Apprenticeship or Advanced Apprenticeship in Wood Occupations.

Most candidates start on an Intermediate Apprenticeship and progress to the Advanced Level although the level may be determined by the role in the workplace and previous qualifications.

Entry Requirements

To start the course you must be employed in a relevant role for a minimum of 30 hours per week. You must have completed Intermediate Apprenticeship (Level 2) before starting the Advanced Apprenticeship (Level 3).

What will be studied?

Mandatory Units

  • Analysing technical information, quantities and communication with others
  • Analysing the construction industry and built environment
  • Health, safety and welfare in construction and associated industries
  • Manufacture shaped joinery products
  • Set and mark out for shaped joinery products
  • Set up and operate woodworking machinery to create curved work

Optional Units include

  • Maintain and repair timber structures – Site Joinery
  • Make curved and shaped doors, windows and stairs – Bench Joinery

Additional Study

  • Functional Skills in Maths and English
  • Employee Rights & Responsibilities

Method of Delivery

Apprentices attend College on block release (approximately one week per month) and work for their employer the rest of the time in the first year. Bench Joiners then attend college on day release for the second year whilst site joiners continue on block release.

How is the qualification assessed?

For the NVQ you will build up a portfolio, which is a collection of examples or evidence of your work that demonstrates your skills and ability, including a work diary, photos, statements from your employer and colleagues and examples of completed tasks. Assessment consists of practical tasks, observations, oral questioning, written questions, assignments, projects and written tests.

The Diploma is assessed using both practical and written tests.

The Functional Skills are assessed through on-line tests.


The Apprenticeship takes one year to complete.

What next?

Many learners progress from Apprenticeship to Advanced Apprenticeship. There is then the opportunity to progress to higher-level courses such as the National Certificate or National Diploma in Construction.

York College, graded Outstanding by OFSTED in December 2013, is ideally placed to support both Apprentices and businesses to successfully engage with and benefit from Apprenticeships.

To find out more about how to apply for a Traineeship or how to offer a work placement for a learner in your business please contact York Business Development Unit:-

Tel: 01904 770368

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