Site Carpentry - Intermediate Apprenticeship

Course Code: WB00022


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Course Overview

The UK construction industry is dominated by small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) with a relatively small number of larger companies. The private sector is a major source of employment, with local government and government bodies also offering employment opportunities. 

This apprenticeship is for those already in employment to give them a recognised qualification.

The occupation involves carrying out skilled work, primarily using timber products, either on a construction site, or in a workshop, creating and installing building components. This is a core and options apprenticeship, with two pathways: 

Pathway 1: A Site Carpenter will normally 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.

Pathway 2: An Architectural Joiner will normally be employed in a workshop producing timber based building components and other architectural products, such as doors, windows, units and staircases, which are then transported to construction sites to be installed by site carpenters.

Core Skills and Competencies (both pathways)

On completion of this apprenticeship, carpentry and joinery workers will be able to:
•    Work safely and be aware of key health, safety and welfare issues.
•    Plan and carry out their work to commercial standards of quality and speed.
•    Move, handle and store resources, such as materials and timber components, complying with relevant legislation & guidance.
•    Interpret and follow verbal and written work instructions from trade supervisors and site managers
•    Select the required materials to carry out the work, such as correct timber, tools and fixings.
•    Access, interpret and use drawings and specifications to carry out their work.

Core Knowledge (both pathways)

On completion of this apprenticeship, carpentry and joinery workers will have the following core knowledge to:
•    Understand the principles of health, safety and welfare and how these are applied in the workplace.
•    Understand how to communicate with others and comply with instructions and directions.
•    Understand the different techniques and methods used to move, handle and store materials.
•    Understand how to interpret and use relevant product information and specifications.
•    Understand their responsibilities under current employment and safety legislation, such as The Health & Safety at Work Act
•    Understand how to calculate quantity, length, area and wastage of resources.
•    Understand the needs of other workers and how to work effectively with others.
•    Understand the characteristics, quality, uses, sustainability, limitations and defects associated with timber and timber-based products and components, such as hardwood, softwood, MDF and other materials.

Generic behaviours expected to be displayed by all skilled Carpentry and Joinery workers (both pathways)

•    Effective communication: oral, written, listening, body language, presentation.
•    Effective team working: work effectively with others with limited supervision.
•    Independent working: take responsibility for completing their own work.
•    Logical thinking: use clear and valid reasoning when making decisions
•    Working effectively: undertake the work in a reliable and productive manner.
•    Time management: use own time effectively to complete the work on schedule.
•    Adaptability: be able to adjust to changes to work instructions

Entry Requirements

You must be employed in the Construction sector by an employer who is willing to support training in the workplace and at the College. 

More information about entry requirements and the application process is available within our ‘How to apply’ section

Career Options and Progression

Assessment Methods

Teaching and Learning Methods

Varied teaching methods are used in order to develop high level sector specific skills. Practical skills and competency will be supported and assessed by the assessor. The functional skills element of the qualification is delivered by specialist teachers, who will provide support either in the college environment or within the work place. 

Twenty percent of the course is day release teaching and training in the college.

Eighty percent is on site at work place for the NVQ competency

You will be assessed on site by a qualified assessor who will mentor you through your qualification and assess your skills through a range of methods using and imputing onto an e- portfolio.

Additional learning support is available if required

Industry Placement and Field Trips

Other Costs and Equipment Needed

Expert Tutors

All staff involved in the delivery of any courses within the College are approved to teach and/or assess the subjects and modules they deliver. The approval process ensures that staff delivering and/or assessing a given programme are appropriately qualified, with relevant technical and industrial experience and professional practice.

Tuition Fees

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