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Skills (both pathways)

  • 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.

Knowledge (both pathways)

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

Pathway 1: Specific Site Carpentry Skill Requirements

On completion of this apprenticeship, site carpenters will have acquired occupational skills to be able to:

  • Carry out a range of job tasks including measuring, marking out, fitting, cutting, splicing, finishing, positioning and securing.
  • Install door and window frames, door and hatch linings, floor joist coverings, straight partitions and straight staircases.
  • Install doors, ironmongery, service encasements, wall and floor units and fitments, cladding and staircase components.
  • Erect inclined roofs with gables, joists, roof coverings and roof components.
  • Repair or replace frames, mouldings, doors, windows, door and window ironmongery, roofing components, guttering and downpipes and window components.
  • Use, maintain and store hand tools, power tools and associated equipment.

Pathway 1: Specific Site Carpentry Knowledge Requirements

On completion of this apprenticeship, site carpenters will have the occupational knowledge to:

  • Understand the technical principles of site carpentry work and how these are applied to prepare and fix timber and timber- based products, erect inclined roofs, maintain and repair building components.
  • Understand how to form specific joints required for site carpentry work, such as mitres, butt and halving joints.
  • Understand why, when and how health and safety control equipment should be used when undertaking site carpentry work (e.g. personal protective equipment (PPE) and respiratory protective equipment (RPE).
  • Understand how to work safely at height and use access equipment correctly.
  • Know how to use, maintain and store hand tools, power tools and associated equipment.

Pathway 2: Specific Architectural Joiner Skill Requirements

On completion of this apprenticeship, architectural joiners will have acquired occupational skills to be able to:

  • Carry out a range of job tasks including drawing, measuring, marking out, fitting, finishing, positioning and securing.
  • Produce setting out details for the manufacture of doors, windows and opening lights, units and stairs.
  • Mark out timber from setting out details for the manufacture of doors, windows and opening lights, units and/or fitments and staircases.
  • Create, fit and assemble components to manufacture doors, windows with opening lights, units and/or fitments and staircases.
  • Use, maintain and store specific architectural joinery tools and equipment, such as marking and testing tools, power tools and hand tools.

Pathway 2: Specific Architectural Joiner Knowledge Requirements

On completion of this apprenticeship, architectural joiners will have the occupational knowledge to:

  • Understand the technical principles of architectural joinery and how they are applied in routine tasks, such as, setting out and producing cutting lists, marking out from setting out details and producing cutting lists, fitting and assembling routine products.
  • Understand how to accurately take site and workplace dimensions.
  • Understand how to form and proportion joints associated with architectural joinery work, such as mortice and tenon, dovetail and comb joints.
  • Understand why, when and how health and safety control equipment should be used when undertaking architectural joinery work (e.g. personal protective equipment (PPE) and respiratory protective equipment (RPE).
  • Understand how to use, maintain and store marking and testing tools, hand tools, power tools and associated equipment.
  • Understand how to requisition architectural joinery materials, such as timber, adhesives and fixings.
  • Understand how to work at height and use access equipment safely.

Generic behaviours expected to be displayed by all skilled Carpentry and Joinery workers (both pathways)

  • Effective communication: oral, written, listening, body language, presentation.
  • Effective team working: work effectively with others with limited supervision.
  • Independent working: take responsibility for completing their own work.
  • Logical thinking: use clear and valid reasoning when making decisions.
  • Working effectively: undertake the work in a reliable and productive manner.
  • Time management: use own time effectively to complete the work on schedule.
  • Adaptability: be able to adjust to changes to work instructions.

The selection process will include an Initial Assessment and an interview, during which your suitability, commitment and interest for the programme will be determined. You will also need the following: GCSE A-E /initial assessment entry 3 and above /working in industry/ interview & skill scan.

Your employer will need to demonstrate that they have the necessary Health and Safety arrangements in place to satisfy legislative requirements, and that they are able to provide you with the full range of work to successfully complete the Apprenticeship framework.

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On-programme (Typically 18 months)

  • Training to develop the occupation standard’s knowledge, skills and behaviours.
  • English and maths attainment.

End Point Assessment Gateway

The employer in consultation with the training provider will make the judgement as to whether the apprentice is ready for end point assessment through the achievement of the following;

  • Level 2 National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) in Site Carpentry or Architectural Joinery.
  • A recognised Level 1 English and Mathematics qualification and evidence of having undertaken the English and Mathematics tests at Level 2.

On conclusion that the assessment gateway requirements have been achieved, the apprentice will be able to proceed to the end-point assessment stage of the apprenticeship. It is expected that apprentices will complete the assessment gateway requirements within three months of their planned apprenticeship completion.

End Point Assessment

  • Assessment will take place both during and at the end of the apprenticeship, with completion being dependent on successful achievement of:
  • Assessment method 1: Knowledge Assessment (short written test)
  • Assessment Method 2: Practical Skills Assessment (Skills Test)

  • There is no cost to the apprentice.
  • If you are an employer with over 50 employees or, are employing an apprentice over the age of 19 (without a EHCP) you will be required to pay 5% contribution towards the cost of the apprenticeship Training.
  • If you are a levy paying company then you will pay for the training from your levy account.
  • Grants are available for eligible employers. For further information please visit the CITB website.

Course Information


Cost: No cost to the apprentice. An employer contribution may be required. Adults may be eligible for FREE tuition.

Duration: Typically 24 months plus EPA

Mandatory Entry Requirements: See Mandatory Entry Requirements

Funding: See Grants and Funding


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