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Carpentry & Joinery (Site Carpentry) – Advanced Apprenticeship

This Craft Carpentry & Joinery apprenticeship will support you in getting roles in both the new build and refurbishment construction sector. The construction industry is central to creating the homes, schools, hospitals, energy and transport infrastructure society needs. There is growing demand for carpenters and joiners to help meet the need for the transition to modern methods of construction, heritage projects and sustainability.

During this apprenticeship, you will be required to learn the following Skills, Knowledge and Behaviours:

– Work in compliance with occupational health, safety and environmental requirements.
– Interpret technical specifications including digital information, identify requirements, develop the work programme and schedule.
– Select the required quantity and quality of resources required for carrying out complex and non-standard work.
– Plan and organise the work site including setting out, materials, tools and equipment.
– Plan the work to obtain optimum environmental, quality and schedule performance.
– Complete work of fire door systems in accordance with current legislation.
– Carry out work in compliance with all current and relevant building regulations and quality standards.
– Take a lead when working in a team, especially when complex or non-standard work is involved.
– Utilise a range of advanced skills including measuring, marking out, fitting, cutting, splicing, finishing, positioning and securing.
– Collaborate with stakeholders, clients and other construction roles.
– Carry out quality checks of own and other’s work against specification and take action where required.
– Lead by example and promote sustainable building practices.
– Carry out pre-use checks of all tools and equipment to be used for the project.

Craft Site Carpenter:
– Install complex and non-standard doors and window frames, shaped door and hatch linings, partitions with changes of direction and staircases with turns.
– Carry out complex site carpentry tasks conforming to all current and relevant building regulations, quality standards and specifications.
– Install accessible service encasements, bespoke wall and floor units, fitments, panelling and stair components.
– Erect inclined roofs with gables, roof verges and eaves, including finishings, joists and roof coverings, dormers and features.
– Repair, modify, maintain and or replace frames, mouldings, floor or flat roof joist coverings, door and window ironmongery, window components, structural joists and rafters, window components, guttering and downpipes.

Craft Architectural Joiner:
– Carry out complex architectural carpentry tasks conforming to all current and relevant building regulations, quality standards and specifications.
– Fit and assemble non-standard complex timber products.
– Set out complex work tasks for non-standard architectural joinery products, including complex door sets, doors, windows, units and fitments, staircases (straight and with turns) and products with single/double curvature features.
– Mark out accurately from setting out details for the manufacture of complex and shaped (circular and circular on circular) doors, opening windows, units and fitments and staircases.
– Create complex, decorative and shaped (circular and circular on circular) architectural joinery products including doors, windows with opening lights, units and fitments, panelling/cladding, staircases (straight and with turns) and veneers.
– Use and maintain marking tools, hand tools, power tools and associated equipment required for complex work.

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Sep 2024 : Tiverton : Part-time
Course Code : AT95 (2024)
Level : Level 3
Duration : 15 Months
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Course details


Assessments will consist of On-programme Assessment, Assessment Gateway and end-point assessment (knowledge assessment and practical assessment).

Entry Requirements

You will have undertaken a Level 2 apprenticeship, or be able to demonstrate the same knowledge, skills and competency levels. You must also complete, or have previously completed, English and Mathematics Level 2 qualifications.


On completion of this standard, you can work on a construction site either as an Advanced Site Carpenter or in a workshop as an Advanced Architectural Joiner. Alternatively, you could further develop your knowledge through a higher-level apprenticeship.

Facilities and resources

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


Q: Is there any equipment needed to participate on this course?

A: You will need to buy safety boots as well as your own stationery and textbook; a full equipment list will be provided at interview.

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.

Q: Will I get paid for working with my employer?

A: You may start initially on a work trial basis for a week or two, but once a position has been confirmed you should be paid a trainee wage, legislation states this can be below minimum wage and tends to vary between employers.

Q: Should my employer pay me while I am at college?

A: Yes, you will be paid for the time you are at college irrespective of whether you attend on a block or day release basis.

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