Carpentry and Joinery
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Carpenters work with timber on building sites or in customers' homes and construct, fit or repair doors, window frames, staircases, floorboards, cupboards, traditional cut roofs, roof trusses and partitions. Bench joiners are based in a workshop and manufacture timber products such as doors, window frames, staircases and cabinets. They use traditional woodworking tools, specialised power or hand tools and woodworking machines for cutting, shaping, smoothing and finishing.
We offer training in a dedicated training facility housing a carpentry and joinery workshop that is equipped with a range of hand and portable power tools and woodworking machinery, which will allow you to learn and benefit from industry standard facilities. Adjacent classrooms with computer facilities enhance the workshops and provide a link between practical and knowledge based aspects of the courses.
You will be taught by tutors who have worked in the industry themselves, gaining the skills needed to start your career in the industry.
We offer a range of courses, ranging from the basic skills needed for simple hobby projects to advanced knowledge and techniques of the trade to help you progress in your career.
A typical route for students is to progress from the Level 1 Diploma to Level 2 Diploma, then from Level 2 Diploma to Level 3 Diploma or into employment or an Apprenticeship.
Our Apprenticeship programmes are developed to respond to employers’ changing needs in a rapidly growing industry. Apprenticeships allow you to earn a wage whilst learning a trade, developing practical skills and knowledge to establish a career in the largest sector in the UK.
The skills and qualities needed include a careful, methodical and accurate approach to your work; the ability to follow drawings, plans and written or spoken instructions; the ability to work well in a team; a head for heights; good communication skills; being observant with a good eye for detail.
This is a great course for learning all about the trade and it also helps you in other areas such as hand skills. If I’m ever stuck, I’m never afraid to ask the tutors as they are always there to help you out.
At the WorldSkills UK competition in November 2017 Andrew Balmer, an Advanced Apprentice (Level 3) in Site Carpentry, won gold in the SkillBuild carpentry final.
The UK construction industry continues to be one of the country’s most important economic sectors and contributes 8% of the gross domestic product, employing 2.47 million people. The greatest growth is predicted to be for wood trades and interior fit-out, followed by construction managers. Many carpenters and joiners are self-employed. You could also find work with large construction companies, local authorities, shop-fitting firms, or in set building for theatre and television.
Career options and national starting averages include:
- Shop Fitter £13,500 - £30,000
- Carpenter or Joiner £16,000 - £40,000
You could move on to be a:
- Quantity Surveyor £18,000 - £80,000
- Building Site Inspector £21,000 - £60,000
Source: National Careers Service
Our carpentry and joinery apprentices have brought new ideas and innovation to Pave Aways, whilst providing a skilled young workforce, which in time will replace the existing. We’ve found this a cost effective way of ensuring staff whose skills are both job and company related and, due to their involvement, they are more inclined to stay with us for the future.