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Craft Carpentry and Joinery Level 3 Standard


Approx. duration: 15 months

Start Date: September and January

Attendance: One day a week at the Rural Campus

Entry requirements:  Entry into the Apprenticeship is subject to a thorough initial assessment to clarify course suitability. You may be required to come in and undertake an interview or assessment. Entry onto the Apprenticeship is subject to 4 GCSEs including Maths and English 9-4/A*-C or a commitment to undertake Level 2 Maths and English. It is expected that anyone starting this Apprenticeship will have already achieved the corresponding Level 2 Apprenticeship standard in Carpentry and Joinery. Apprentices need to be employed for a minimum of 30 hours a week and have a contract of employment.

On-programme learning:

  • Craft Carpentry and Joinery Standard
  • BWF approved SiteRight Fire Door Installation Awareness NOCN or Level 3 Award in Fire Door Safety City and Guilds
  • English and Maths (if required) Level 2

End-point assessment: Delivered by City and Guilds

Progression: Self Employed Site Carpenter or Bench Joiner, Site Supervisor, progression onto a Higher level Apprenticeship

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

The broad purpose of the occupation is working with wood-based materials and associated products to create and install complex building components. This typically involves shaping and cutting materials, installing finished materials like complex or decorative components. All work needs to be carried out safely, using the appropriate tools and to the quality specified.

This Apprenticeship includes two different options and people will either work on a construction site as an Advanced Site Carpenter or in a workshop as an Advanced  Architectural Joiner:

  • Advanced Site Carpenters work on building sites in the construction of domestic and commercial properties, preparing and installing complex and bespoke building components. They prepare, construct and erect irregular and complex roof structures.
  • Advanced Architectural Joiners are employed in a workshop producing complex building components by setting out, marking out and producing assembled components requiring advanced skilled work including the full range of woodworking machines. There will sometimes be a need for refurbishment/repair work of bespoke pieces.

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

An employee in this occupation will be responsible for working in a team, lead others, using machinery and tools to create, refurbish or repair structures or components. Having attained this level of competence, they could progress further in the industry as team leaders, trade forepersons, contract or works managers.

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