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Carpentry and Joinery

Course Code: AP2, AP3

Level: 2
Subject area: Construction & the Building Trades
Awarding body: City & Guilds
Qualification: Apprenticeship
Course type: Full-time
Time of Day: Daytime
Duration: 18 - 24 months
When you'll study: Various days and times

About the course

Are you looking for on-the-job training leading to a job as a carpenter, woodworker or joiner in the construction industry? Are you more hands on than academic? Have you ever seen the result of someone’s DIY at home and thought you could do a better job? The intermediate and advanced Apprenticeships in Wood Occupations at City College Plymouth are a great route to a construction career if you want to combine a job in a local company with on-the-job training. As an intermediate apprentice, you’ll complete a suite of GCSE level qualifications whilst learning on-the-job and earning a wage with a local company.  You will need to have an eye for detail and good maths skills for measuring and working out angles. You’ll also need to be able to follow technical drawings and plans. As an advanced apprentice you will gain valuable experience and occupational competence within your workplace setting. You will be employed and, under supervision, your job would include working in either large building sites, private houses or commercial premises. You will need to achieve a set number of credits from completing mandatory units and a selection of optional units. By the end of your Apprenticeship you will have evidenced competence in the specified range of vocational skills. You’ll achieve a suite of qualifications including an NVQ in Wood Occupations, functional skills and a technical certificate in either bench joinery or site carpentry, depending on the pathway you choose. Carpentry is not an easy option – there’s a lot of hard work involved, but this can lead to a rewarding career and a trade you can use for life.

What you'll learn

On completion of this apprenticeship, carpentry and joinery workers will be able to:

  • 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.

On completion of this apprenticeship, carpentry and joinery workers will have the following core knowledge to understand:

  • the principles of health, safety and welfare and how these are applied in the workplace.
  • how to communicate with others and comply with instructions and directions.
  • the different techniques and methods used to move, handle and store materials.
  • how to interpret and use relevant product information and specifications.
  • their responsibilities under current employment and safety legislation, such as The Health & Safety at Work Act
  • how to calculate quantity, length, area and wastage of resources.
  • the needs of other workers and how to work effectively with others.
  • 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.
Entry requirements

Acceptance on this Apprenticeship will be through completion of functional skills entry assessments and a vocational assessment carried out by the engineering team at the College. In order to undertake the advanced Apprenticeship, previous experience working in construction and a level 2 qualification will be useful.


Assessment is continuous both on and off the job. There are some exams and practical assessments.

What's next?

On completion of this standard, some apprentices may progress onto the Advanced Apprenticeship Standard in Carpentry and Joinery, or secure employment as a Site Carpenter or Architectural Joiner.
The achievement of this standard will meet the requirements of the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) ‘Skilled Worker’ standard, which is widely accepted in the sector as a ‘licence to operate’ in a skilled construction trade.

Important information

By applying for this position you will go through the College’s assessment procedure and once successful, you will be assigned a Business Engagement Officer who will guide you into employment by supporting you to find the best suited workplace.

Whether or not you've got a work placement lined up, you can apply for and start an Apprenticeship at any time. We'll work with you to make sure you're on the right career path and help match you with a suitable employer. Just complete an application form.