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Carpentry and Joinery Level 2 Standard


Approx. duration: 24 months

Start Date: September and January

Attendance: One day a week at the Rural Campus

Entry requirements:

  • Individual employers will set their selection criteria for applicants
  • Apprentices need to be employed for a minimum of 30 hours a                 week and have a contract of employment
  • Entry into the Apprenticeship is subject to a thorough skills scan               assessment to clarify course suitability
  • Apprentices must achieve Functional Skills Level 1 in English                     and/or Maths if they have a GCSE grade below Grade 2 or E.                     Additionally, they should demonstrate a commitment to working               towards and completing the Level 2 exam before reaching the                   End-point assessment
  • Apprentices who have already achieved GCSE grade 2 or                           Functional Level 1 in English and/or Maths will need to                                 demonstrate a willingness to work towards and successfully                     complete the Level 2 exam prior to the End-point assessment

On-programme learning:

  • Carpentry and Joinery Standard
  • English and Maths (if required) Level 2


Site Carpenter or Bench Joiner progression onto Level 3 Apprenticeship

Course Summary:

Apprenticeships are work-based training programmes designed around the need of both the Apprentice and their employer.

The broad purpose of this occupation is to manipulate wood-based materials and related products to fabricate and set up building elements. This commonly includes moulding and cutting materials, installing final products such as partitions, doors, staircases, window frames, mouldings, timber flooring, and assembling structural elements like floor joists and roofs. All tasks must be executed safely, employing suitable tools, and meeting specified quality standards.

In their daily work, an employee in this occupation interacts with other construction roles such as bricklayers, plasterers and plumbers, supervisors, site management, architects, designers, contractors and customers.

This occupation includes two different options. People will either work on a construction site as a Site Carpenter or in a workshop as an Architectural Joiner.

Site Carpenter

Will prepare and install basic building components e.g. doors, straight staircases, wall and floor units and erecting structural carpentry and roof structures on a building site or in domestic and commercial premises.

Architectural Joiner

Will create building components by setting out, marking out and manufacturing basic architectural products, including doors, windows, straight staircases and associated ironmongery.

Institute for Apprenticeships