What is it like to study this course and how will I be assessed?
Please note: this Apprenticeship was formerly known as Construction Building - Wood Occupations - Site Carpentry or Bench Joinery
This Apprenticeship offers a practical approach and a solid platform for anyone wishing to develop a career in Site Carpentry or Bench Joinery. It is for anyone working within the industry. As an apprentice you will hold a full-time job and attend college on both a day release and block release basis.
What topics will I study?
You will start with an introduction to carpentry through a wide range of activities and gain practical skills and knowledge of basic woodworking joints, maintenance and use of hand tools and the preparation and use of portable power tools.
You will progress and further develop your knowledge and skills, including erecting complex structural carcassing components and installing 1st and 2nd fixings, whilst demonstrating safe working practices and will gain an in-depth understanding of Health and Safety, construction technology and building methods.
This will provide evidence towards a framework of qualifications which make up the apprenticeship including the Level 2 Diploma and NVQ Diploma. This will show your competence, knowledge and understanding of business tasks and procedures, and prove you are able to carry out your job to the required standard.
What experiences will I get?
Apprentices have the opportunity to interact with other apprentices at a range of different workplaces, so can share their experiences.
What are the entry requirements?
Every employer is different and therefore the entry requirements can vary. As a guide you ideally need GCSE grade 3 or above in English and maths and in some cases ICT. However, we will work with you and provide additional support in order to help you achieve the functional skills element or GCSE requirements of the Apprenticeship. Support can be delivered either prior to your Apprenticeship via a traineeship or during the delivery of your programme.
An interest in the industry is essential. You will need to complete the Intermediate Apprenticeship (Level 2) before progressing to the Advanced Apprenticeship (Level 3).
What facilities are there?
What can the course lead on to?
After completing the Level 2 training we recommend you progress to the Advanced Apprenticeship where you will complete the NVQ Level 3 and Diploma Level 3. You will further develop your knowledge and skills, including manufacturing of complex joinery components.
Are there any additional costs?
You will need safety boots, overalls and recommended text books.
What support can I get?
You will have a dedicated Skills Officer who you can contact at any time. They will visit you in the workplace every 10 weeks to carry out a progress review with you and your employer.
What will this training cost me?
If you are aged between 16 and 18 when you start your Apprenticeship Training Programme, there is no charge to you or your employer as the college will claim the funding for the cost of your programme directly from the Government.
If you are aged 19 or over and studying a Level 2 or Level 3 Apprenticeship, your employer will have to be willing to contribute as the Government will only fund part of the costs of your training - this is currently between £80 - £110 depending on the type of Apprenticeship you wish to complete.
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