Carpentry deals with the installation of doors, windows and floors within commercial and domestic environments. On this apprenticeship you will develop skills in areas such as first and second fix joinery and roof structures using specialist machinery, building methods and technical drawing. You will also learn to uphold safe working practices. With further training it is possible to specialise in areas such as film set production, shop fitting and concrete mould forming.

This 18 month apprenticeship is designed for those who wish to work in the construction industry, and is perfect for anyone who wants to become a skilled craftsperson with qualities that can be transferred across many sectors.

  • About the Course

    You will study:


    • Conforming to general health, safety and welfare in the workplace
    • Confirming to productive working practices in the workplace
    • Moving, handling and storing resources in the workplace


    • Erecting structural carcassing components in the workplace
    • Installing first and second fixing components in the workplace
    • Maintaining non-structural carpentry work in the workplace
    • Setting up and using transportable cutting and shaping machines in the workplace
    You will also complete courses in:
    • Personal learning and thinking skills
    • Mathematics functional skills level 1
    • English functional skills level 1
    • Employment rights and responsibilities.
  • Entry Requirements

    For the Intermediate Apprenticeship programme, you should be 16 years or older and working in the industry, such as on a domestic or commercial construction site, in a joiners shop or as a shopfitter.

    You may have already completed a young apprenticeship scheme in construction, the 14-19 Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment, or a craft occupation at Level 1. Alternatively, you may have previously worked in construction (e.g. as a labourer), or been referred through the Women and Work Sector Pathways Initiative or the Construction Youth Trust.

    You should have functional skills in English and maths or key skills in application of number and communication.

  • Progression

    Carpentry and joinery skills are much in demand. Men and women with these skills have the chance to work as shopfitters, furniture makers, set carpenters, kitchen fitters, or building within the commercial sector, whether you wish to work for an established company or set up your own business. You may also wish to consider working as a royal engineer, carrying out site carpentry tasks in military environments within the UK or overseas.

    After completing the Intermediate Apprenticeship, you may wish to go on to the Advanced Apprenticeship in Site Carpentry.

    After gaining work experience in your chosen occupational area you may have opportunities to progress to occupational work supervision, management or technical support.

  • Assessment Method

    To successfully complete your Apprenticeship you will need to achieve the following elements:

    Competence qualification

    City and Guilds Level 2 Diploma in Wood Occupations: Site Carpentry (Construction).

    You must achieve a minimum of 62 credits to achieve this qualification. Some of these units are mandatory and some you may choose with the agreement of your employer and assessor. Your assessor will go through these units with you and your employer in more detail and discuss how the credits work so you may achieve your qualification successfully. Your assessor will visit you in the workplace to assess you to ensure you meet the minimum national standards.

    Knowledge qualification

    Edexcel Level 2 Diploma in Site Carpentry.

    Most of the knowledge you will learn in the classroom in college. Some may also be delivered online and in the workplace.

    Personal learning and thinking skills

    Evidence will be collected to show that you have acquired the following skills:

    • Ccreative thinking
    • Independent enquiry
    • Reflective learning
    • Self-management
    • Teamwork 
    • Effective participation.

    Transferable skills qualifications

    • Mathematics Functional Skills Level 1
    • English Functional Skills Level 1

    Employment Rights and Responsibilities (ERR) The ERR (Employment Rights and Responsibilities) programme is now covered by the online e-learning found on the Instructus website.

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Course Info


Part Time

Level 2

Location Feltham

Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Wood Occupations: Site Carpentry (Construction)

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