Course Overview

A Carpentry and Joinery 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 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 Apprenticeship is varied and you could work for a joinery manufacturer or site carpentry firm.

On the Carpentry and Joinery Apprenticeship your training will cover the use of hand tools such as saws, hammers, chisels etc and 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. Your training will be in a highly practical job under the guidance of an experienced carpenter or joiner.

What will I achieve?

As a young person with little or no experience in the industry, you will start at the Intermediate level. When you have completed the Apprenticeship you have the option to progress on to the next level.

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 Training Officer. You will also attend a day release at college with a minimal amount of block release. Your training officer 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 have a look at our 'Why choose an Apprenticeship?' page. If you feel you are not yet ready for an Apprenticeship, then have a look at a Traineeship first?

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.