What do I learn?
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 or Bench Joinery, depending on your job role, Employment Rights and Responsibilities training, and Functional Skills in English and maths
You will study towards units such as:
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
• erect structural carcassing 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.
What do I gain?
An apprenticeship allows you to learn while you work – you gain knowledge, nationally-recognised qualifications and earnings, all at the same time.
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.
What do I need?
You need to be in employment in the industry.
Upon application you will be invited in for an interview and an initial assessment to make sure that the training programme is right for you. There are no other restrictions to becoming an apprentice except that you need to be over the age of 16 and to have been settled in the UK for at least the past three years.
What can I do next?
You can use the training to progress further in your carpentry/construction career. You can also look at a higher-level qualification – we run an advanced apprenticeship too.