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Carpentry and Joinery Apprenticeship Standard Level 2

Practical Vs Theory


Course overview

This apprenticeship has two pathways to enable you to become either a Site Carpenter or Architectural Joiner. As a Site Carpenter you could work on a building site, or in domestic and commercial premises, preparing and fixing building components, from the initial erection of a new building, through to the installation of all necessary fixtures and fittings, as well as a range of repair and maintenance activities. As a Architectural Joiner you could be employed in a workshop producing timber-based building components and other architectural products.


What Does The Programme Include

You will be in college one day per week and undertake modules of study including both theory and practice with underpinning study undertaken in the classroom. Some training and assessment will take place in the workplace and home study will be required.

Entry Requirements

Individual employers set their own entry requirements. However, you will need to pass an initial aptitude test and be prepared to work towards achieving Functional Skills Level 1.

How The Course Will Be Assessed

Assessment will be continuous through oral, written and practical work. An assessor will visit you in your workplace to carry out practical assessments and monitor your progress. Certification will be accredited on completion of your portfolio evidence and achievement of functional skills.

Additional Information

16 — 18 years Course 100% funded

19 — 23 years No contribution is required at this moment in time.(employers may wish to help towards the costs)

24+ years Not funded. Course costs payable by employer/​individual but loans may be available through the 24+ Advanced Learning Loan scheme.

Potential Future Career

As a fully competent Site Carpenter or Architectural Joiner, you’ll meet the requirements of the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) Skilled Worker’ standard. You can also progress to a Carpentry and Joinery Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3.

Course Content

You will study the practical skills required to complete NVQ Level 2 in Carpentry and Joinery including:

  • Conforming to General Workplace Safety
  • Conforming to Efficient Work Practices
  • Installing First Fixing Components
  • Setting Out
  • Marking Out
  • Manufacturing Routine Products
  • Second Fixing
  • Erecting Structural Carpentry
  • Setting up and Using Circular Saws
  • Maintaining non Structural Joinery Components


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Studying in the work place means I can gain the real-life, hands on experience I need to progress in the early years sector!

Charlie Parker



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