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Carpentry and Joinery (Site Carpentry) – Apprenticeship

Learn how to prepare and fix building components – on a building site, or in domestic and commercial premises – from the initial erection of a new building, through to the installation of all necessary fixtures and fittings, as well as a range of repair and maintenance activities.

During this apprenticeship, you will be required to learn the following knowledge, skills and behaviours:

– Work safely and be aware of key health, safety and welfare issues.
– Plan and carry out their work to commercial standards of quality and speed.
– Move, handle and store resources, such as materials and timber components, complying with relevant legislation & guidance.
– Interpret and follow verbal and written work instructions from trade supervisors and site managers
– Select the required materials to carry out the work, such as correct timber, tools and fixings.
– Access, interpret and use drawings and specifications to carry out their work.

– Understand the principles of health, safety and welfare and how these are applied in the workplace.
– Understand how to communicate with others and comply with instructions and directions.
– Understand the different techniques and methods used to move, handle and store materials.
– Understand how to interpret and use relevant product information and specifications.
– Understand their responsibilities under current employment and safety legislation, such as The Health & Safety at Work Act
– Understand how to calculate quantity, length, area and wastage of resources.
– Understand the needs of other workers and how to work effectively with others.
– Understand the characteristics, quality, uses, sustainability, limitations and defects associated with timber and timber-based products and components, such as hardwood, softwood, MDF and other materials.

– Effective communication: oral, written, listening, body language, and presentation.
– Effective team working: work effectively with others with limited supervision.
– Independent working: take responsibility for completing their own work.
– Logical thinking: use clear and valid reasoning when making decisions
– Working effectively: undertake the work in a reliable and productive manner.
– Time management: use own time effectively to complete the work on schedule.
– Adaptability: be able to adjust to changes to work instructions

– Carry out a range of job tasks including measuring, marking out, fitting, cutting, splicing, finishing, positioning and securing.
– Install door and window frames, door and hatch linings, floor joist coverings, straight partitions and straight staircases.
– Install doors, ironmongery, service encasements, wall and floor units and fitments, cladding and staircase components.
– Erect inclined roofs with gables, joists, roof coverings and roof components.
– Repair or replace frames, mouldings, doors, windows, door and window ironmongery, roofing components, guttering and downpipes and window components.
– Use, maintain and store hand tools, power tools and associated equipment.

– Understand the technical principles of site carpentry work and how these are applied to prepare and fix timber and timber-based products, erect inclined roofs, and maintain and repair building components.
– Understand how to form specific joints required for site carpentry work, such as mitres, butt and halving joints
– Understand why, when and how health and safety control equipment should be used when undertaking site carpentry work (e.g. personal protective equipment (PPE) and respiratory protective equipment (RPE).
– Understand how to work safely at height and use access equipment correctly.
– Know how to use, maintain and store hand tools, power tools and associated equipment.

When you complete this apprenticeship, you will meet the requirements of the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) ‘Skilled Worker’ standard – widely accepted as a ‘licence to operate’ in a skilled construction trade.

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Select from the start date/s below…

Aug 2024 : North Devon : Part-time
Course Code : AB30 (2024)
Level : Level 2
Duration : 2 Years
North Devon Campus Apply
Aug 2024 : Tiverton : Part-time
Course Code : AT94 (2024)
Level : Level 2
Duration : 2 Years
Tiverton Campus Apply

Course details


Assessment will take place both during and at the end of the apprenticeship, with completion being dependent on successful achievement of the qualification elements and the endorsement of the employer after a professional discussion, with the apprentice and training provider.

Entry Requirements

If you have not yet achieved Level 2 English and Maths, you must achieve this prior to taking your end-point assessment.


On completion of this course, you may wish to progress onto the Advanced Apprenticeship Standard in Carpentry and Joinery, or secure employment as a Site Carpenter or Architectural Joiner.

Facilities and resources

As an apprentice, you will have full access to the college facilities.


Q:. Does the college find me an employer?

A: No, you are responsible for finding your own work placement. We can help by following up on leads you may have and discussing apprenticeship requirements with a prospective employer, as well as checking them for suitability.

Apply for this course

Starting Date : 01/08/2024
Course Code : AB30 (2024) North Devon Campus, Tiverton Campus Apply
Starting Date : 01/08/2024
Course Code : AT94 (2024) North Devon Campus, Tiverton Campus Apply

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