Apprenticeship in Joinery (Wood Occupations)

Intermediate Carpentry and Joinery (Level 2), Advanced Carpentry and Joinery (Level 3)

Where to begin……………………

If you want to be an apprentice in Joinery (Wood Occupations) and don’t yet have an employer, contact our apprenticeship recruitment team; 01228 822798 or email Deborah Macleod at

If you already have an employer, or are an employer, contact our apprentice recruitment team; 01228 822708 or email Oli Matthews at

A Site Carpenter will normally work on a building site, or in domestic and commercial premises, preparing and installing complex and often bespoke building components e.g. high quality doors, shaped linings, staircases with turns, complex wall and floor units, erecting bespoke structural carpentry (inclined roofs and joists) and erecting roof structures (e.g. inclined roofs with hips, valleys and dormers). You will also be required to carry out a range of repair and maintenance activities.

An Architectural/Bench Joiner will normally be employed in a workshop, producing complex building components by setting out, marking out and manufacturing bespoke architectural products (e.g. doors, windows, staircases with turns and panelling/cladding), which are then transported to construction sites to be installed by Site Carpenters.

The main differences between a Level 2 and Level 3 are that the Advanced Carpenter / Joiner has responsibility for managing their own and other people’s work, as well as being required to complete complex and non-standard work. Examples of complex tasks include curved products, irregular joints and bespoke work.

Reference: A0041SC
Duration: 18-24 months (Level 2), 12-18 months (Level 3)
Course Dates: Ongoing
Type: Part Time (Day Release)
Tutors: Steven Nicol and Sweyn Hall

Course Content

Site Carpentry

  • Understand the technical principles of site carpentry, such as effective and appropriate installation practices, being able to apply this knowledge in preparing and fixing complex, non-standard timber based products and components, such as erecting inclined roofs, making, assembling and erecting roof structures, including hip and dormer cut roofs, maintaining and repairing non-standard joinery products.
  • Understand how to carry out advanced calculations and work out cutting angles for carpentry work, such as using a roofing square to calculate roof spar lengths and using a sliding bevel to mark out splayed joints.
  • Understand how to form joints associated with advanced site carpentry work, such as splayed and plumb.

Architectural/Bench Joinery

  • Understand the technical principles of architectural joinery, using this knowledge to set out and produce cutting lists for standard and non-standard products, marking, manufacturing, fitting and assembling, non-standard products.
  • Understand how to measure site and workplace dimensions, such as measuring curved openings and ensuring that units fit obtuse/acute angled walls.
  • Understand how to form and proportion advanced wood joints associated with architectural joinery work, such as subbed rebate joints, stub mortice, tenon joints and bridle joints.
  • Understand how to set up, use and maintain fixed machinery used for complex joinery tasks, such as developing and using specialist jigs to manufacture curved timber products.

What will you learn?

Site Carpentry

  • To use a range of advanced trade skills which will allow you to carry out carpentry work to highly skilled standards and tolerances, including measuring, marking out, fitting, cutting, splicing, finishing, positioning and securing.
  • To install complex and non-standard doors and window frames, shaped door and hatch linings, partitions with openings and changes of direction and staircases with turns.
  • To install accessible service encasements, bespoke wall/ floor units and fitments, panelling and stair components (e.g. balustrades, handrails and spindles with turns).
  • To erect inclined roofs with gables, roof verges and eaves, including finishings, joists and roof coverings.
  • To repair 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.

Architectural/Bench Joinery

  • To use trade skills to carry out architectural joinery work to a high standard and to demanding tolerances.
  • To set out complex work tasks for non-standard architectural joinery products, including door sets, doors, windows, units and fitments, staircases (straight and with turns) and products with single/double curvature features.
  • To mark out accurately from setting out details for the manufacture of doors, opening windows, units and fitments and staircases.
  • Manufacture architectural joinery products including doors, windows with opening lights, units and fitments, panelling/cladding, staircases (straight and with turns) and veneers.
  • Use, maintain and store marking and testing tools, hand tools, power tools and associated equipment required for advanced work.
  • Set up and use fixed machinery such as circular saws, planers, thicknessers, bandsaws, morticers, tenoners, spindle moulders, drills, grinders and sanders.

End Point Assessment (Takes place at the end of the apprenticeship):

Workplace assessment and knowledge evidence assessed in College.

  • Synoptic assessment of practical, theory and health & safety knowledge
  • Written examination and practical skills test
  • Portfolio submission and demonstration of professional behaviours

Entry Requirements

  • An aptitude for practical work and an eye for detail
  • A courteous and enthusiastic attitude
  • A dedicated, cautious and considerate character
  • GCSE maths and English at GCSE grade C, 9 to 4, or Functional Skills Level 2 (or a willingness to work towards)

N.B. GCSE maths and English at GCSE grade C, 9 to 4, or Functional Skills Level 2 is a requirement for the Advanced Carpentry and Joinery (Level 3) Apprenticeship.

Please note that you must complete the previous level before progressing on to Level 3

Possible job Roles

Qualified Site Carpenter, Qualified Architectural/Bench Joiner, Site Foreman, Estimator, Contracts Manager.


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