The Site Carpentry and Bench Joinery Apprenticeships provide a rounded training experience for young people employed in the construction industry as carpenters or joiners and covers a broad range of training preparing your for work on different types of sites from private houses to large building sites.
You will develop skills used in the construction of buildings through installing fixing components erecting structural carcassing components and producing non-structural carpentry work. You will also be taught how to use various hand tools and power tools. An apprenticeship combines hands-on learning at work with studying at college to gain a nationally recognised qualification.
An apprenticeship qualification includes several elements and you will need to pass all elements to gain your apprenticeship. Course components include the Level 2 Construction Diploma National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) at Level 2 in Site Carpentry and Bench Joinery, Employment rights and responsibilities and Functional Skills in English, Maths and ICT.
The NVQ in Site Carpentry and Bench Joinery is made up of mandatory and optional units:
Mandatory units are:
• conform to general workspace safety
• conform to efficient work practices
• move and handle resources.
Optional units are:
• install first fixing components
• install second fixing components
• maintain non-structural carpentry work
• set-up and use circular saws
• produce setting out details for routine products
• manufacture routine products.
You will have up to 18 months to achieve all the elements of your apprenticeship although you may be able to achieve it quicker than this, depending on your progress.
Apprenticeships are designed to let you benefit from real life work experience which you will get day-to-day on the job. This experience is supported by theoretical knowledge gained at college in both classroom and workshop based sessions/assessments. You will attend college on one or two days a week.You are assessed in the workplace by a qualified and trade competent assessor who will help support you and your employer in achieving your qualification. Some elements are assessed by exam.
An apprenticeship allows you to learn on the job while gaining knowledge nationally recognised qualifications and earning money all at the same time. As an apprentice you will earn a minimum of £3.30 per hour and have full rights as an employee. The college will assign you with your assessor at the beginning of the course. Your assessor’s role is to guide and support your development as well as to help choose when you are ready to be assessed.
You will need to be in employment in the industry.
You can progress on to the Level 3 Apprenticeship or other Level 3 courses, as well as gaining further experience in the industry.