Wood Occupations – Carpentry, Joinery and Furniture Making Courses

Our Furniture Production and Carpentry courses are delivered by tutors with extensive knowledge of the construction industry and their professional expertise is valued by our students.

Carpentry and joinery is a core trade within construction, especially in the house-building sector. As demand for new homes continues, so does the demand for carpentry and joinery.

There are excellent facilities, with training areas designed to simulate the working environment. Further Education qualifications include nationally recognised BTEC diplomas. Career pathways may include working on new builds and refurbishments, with progression to a supervisory or technical support role. With experience, you could become a site supervisor or construction project manager. You could also move into construction estimating and contracts management, or specialise in areas like stage sets or heritage restoration.

As well as Further Education Carpentry courses, Apprenticeships are also available in Site Carpentry and Bench Joinery. Apprenticeships allow students to earn while they learn, as well as gaining first-hand experience in a construction environment. Apprentices will gain the relevant training and education required to become a successful site carpenter or bench joiner.

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Full-time Courses

Carpentry and Joinery Level 1/2/3
Furniture Production Level 2/3

Louis Stacey, Carpentry and Joinery Level 2

"Colchester Institute is a great place to learn. You’re kept on your toes every day. I like my course because I enjoy making things and I’m in a nice environment with friendly staff and good food!"

Gussy Barnett, Furniture Production Level 3

"I have learnt so much over the two years, it has given me confidence to pursue furniture making as a new career. The teaching and facilities are good."

Emma Young, Carpentry and Joinery Level 1

"I’m learning the right skills to prepare me for a successful career in the future and as a girl studying woodwork I want to challenge stereotypes in trade. I’ve welcomed the guidance from knowledgeable tutors and the amazing support services at the College."

Lewis Scott, Carpentry Level 2

"I like the smaller class sizes which has helped improve my confidence and ability to learn. My skillset has improved greatly as a result. The courses offered at Colchester Institute are more hands-on which is perfect for my style of learning."


Carpentry and Joinery Intermediate Apprenticeship
Advanced Carpentry and Joinery Apprenticeship