Carpentry – Site Carpentry or Bench Joinery Intermediate Apprenticeship

The Carpentry and Joinery Apprenticeship course is designed to give you the relevant training and education required to become a successful site carpenter or bench joiner. Practical and theory sessions at the College are teamed with work-based experience and training in order to achieve a Diploma alongside an NVQ Level 2 in Carpentry or Joinery.

Carpentry - Site Carpentry or Bench Joinery Intermediate Apprenticeship
CampusColchester Institute
Start DateStarting employment as an apprentice can occur throughout the year however the start-date for attending college for training, where required, will be communicated post-employment and sign-up
Fee(s)Employer Contribution: TBC
Apprenticeship Funding Bands

Apprenticeship Funding Bands
Employers with less than 50 employees who are recruiting an apprentice aged 16-18 years old will not be required to pay the contribution fee.
Any associated cost to the individual will be made clear at the interview.

Course Content

The course covers:

  • Basic Woodworking Skills
  • Aspects of Timber Technology
  • Health and Safety

Site work includes:

  • Doors, Lining, Frames, Skirting and Architrave
  • Windows and Staircases
  • Studwork, Pipe Casting, Floor Joists and Trussed Rafter Roofs

Bench work includes:

  • Doors and Door Linings
  • Door and Window Frames
  • Staircases and Storage Units

As part of the Apprenticeship framework you will also study Employment Rights and Responsibilities, and Functional Skills Level 1 in English and maths.

Entry Requirements

Candidates should have a strong interest in the area of Carpentry or Joinery. You will need to be dedicated and committed to your study and be responsible for your own learning. You will be required to attend an interview with the work based learning team and be asked to complete basic skills assessments in literacy and numeracy. You will also be required to pass a Construction Skills Trade Aptitude Test. Students on this course are required to be employed in a suitable work placement with a Carpentry or Joinery company.

What Can I Do Next?

Career pathways may include working on new builds and refurbishments, with progression to a supervisory or technical support role or possible progression to an Advanced Apprenticeship.


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