Bench Joinery – Intermediate Apprenticeship

This Intermediate Apprenticeship in Bench Joinery offers a practical approach and a solid platform for anyone wishing to start a career as a joiner within the construction industry.

Course Information

  • Course Type Apprenticeship
  • Subject Area Construction and Trades
  • Qualification Apprenticeship
  • Study Mode: Full Time Only
  • Course Level Level 2
  • Location Construction Centre
  • Course Length Up to 24 Months

A Bench Joinery Apprentice will build and construct, usually with types of wood. You must have a passion for the industry and enjoy the challenge of working in a fast-paced environment, as well as have the ability to be an effective member of a team.

Topics include:

  • Learning a variety of different building methods
  • How to set up and operate a circular saw
  • Developing your knowledge of Health and Safety
    Producing setting out details for routine bench/architectural joinery products
  • Learning the best way to setup and use transportable cutting and shaping machines
  • How to manufacture routine joinery products
  • Learn how to operate a range of portable power tools safely

You will achieve:

  • Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Bench Joinery
  • End Point Assessment
  • If required: Functional Skills (English, Maths)

Next steps… Some Apprentices go into employment OR progress onto a Level 3 Bench Joinery Apprenticeship.

Example job roles include: Bench Joiner/Carpenter/Joiner/Trim Carpenter/Joister/Cabinet Maker.


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. 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.

  • Trade specific classroom
  • Fully equipped wood machine shop
  • Practical bench and site workshops
  • Learning resource centre
  • Refectory
Additional Costs

You will need safety boots, overalls and recommended text books.

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