Course Overview

As an apprentice studying the Carpentry and Joinery Adult Apprenticeship you will advance your skills and knowledge of the industry while working. The Apprenticeship can be done in your current job. If you are currently unemployed then you can apply for our Apprenticeship vacancies.

A Carpentry and Joinery Adult Apprenticeship will train you to become either a joiner, who is essentially someone who makes the product, or a carpenter who installs or repairs the product. Traditionally, joiners work in workshops, producing the components for carpenters to install on site. As an apprentice on the Carpentry and Joinery Adult Apprenticeship, you will receive comprehensive training in a variety of skills. These skills include manufacturing joinery, site carpentry, bench carpentry and specialist joinery. A Carpentry and Joinery Adult Apprenticeship is varied and you could work for a joinery manufacturer or site carpentry firm.

On the Carpentry and Joinery Adult Apprenticeship your training will cover the use of hand tools like saws, hammers etc. It will also cover power tools such as drills, jigsaws etc. It may be that your training as a carpenter or joiner involves travel to different locations especially building sites and domestic homes. An experienced carpenter or joiner will oversee your training in a highly practical job.

If you are currently working in the trade then the Apprenticeship will enhance your current skills and develop new ones similar to the ones mentioned above.

What will I achieve?

NLTG will provide an assessment and depending on your current level and abilities you will take one of the following routes:

Intermediate Level Apprenticeship:

• City & Guilds NVQ Level 2 Diploma in Joinery plus the Site or Bench Diploma/Technical Certificate
• Functional Skills
• Employee Rights and Responsibilities
• Personal Learning and Thinking Skills

Advanced Level Apprenticeship:

• City & Guilds NVQ Level 3 Diploma in Carpentry and Joinery plus the Advanced Site or Bench Diploma/Technical Certificate
• Functional Skills
• Employee Rights and Responsibilities
• Personal Learning and Thinking Skills

What training will I receive?

You will be assessed in the workplace by a qualified NLTG Tutor. You will also attend a day release at college with a minimal amount of block release. Your tutor will come out to visit you at your place of work every 4 - 6 weeks. If you are unsure that an Apprenticeship is right for you then why not have a look at our 'Why choose an Adult Apprenticeship?' page.

Additional Benefits

• All vacancies are jobs from day one
• Your training will lead to a nationally recognised qualification
• You will receive an attractive wage/salary during training
• We have a dedicated team to support you with your English and maths skills
• We operate an equality and diversity policy
• All employers are appraised for health and safety
• We will visit you regularly during your training
• Your training will be full and varied

Case Study

Colin Booth at H & S Joinery

I have gained a high level of skill as a Bench Joiner achieving levels 2 and 3. This has given me the confidence to develop to my full potential and has enabled me to work my way up within the company. I am now a team leader and look after a small team of Bench Joiners and Apprentices. My skills have given me the ability to produce a high standard of Bespoke Joinery products including spiral staircases, counters, doors and windows. Often these are for exclusive establishments. I was recently involved in manufacturing products for the Shard in London which was a very satisfying experience as I project managed the job from start to finish.