Join us at City campus to develop the practical skills and technical knowledge required to work in the Construction Industry as a carpenter or joiner. You will primarily learn in the workplace with an employer, but you will also attend college for a week periodically throughout the year to build on the knowledge and skills you have learned with you employer.
This Level 2 Apprenticeship prepares you for working in domestic and commercial premises, to given specifications, carrying out site carpentry to first and second fixing (door frames, hanging doors, boxing pipes, window frames and floor joists) OR working in a joiners shop producing wood products, to given specifications, for use by the site carpenter, such as doors, window frames and stair cases. The use of machinery in the production of products plays an important part within the joiners shop.
As part of the course you will complete the following qualifications:
- Level 2 Extended Diploma in Site Carpentry OR Bench Joinery
- Level 2 NVQ in Wood Occupations Functional Skills in English and Maths (if not previously achieved)
When will I be in college?
For the duration of your apprenticeship (two years) you will spend the majority of your time working with an employer on site as an Apprentice carpenter/joiner. You will also attend college on a block-release basis to build on the skills and knowledge you have learned during your Apprenticeship. This means that periodically throughout the year you will attend college for a full week of learning and development before returning to work with your employer. This will replace the traditional "day-release" model of delivery.
The Diploma is assessed through unit theory tests and practical end tests carried out in the college workshop.
For the NVQ, assessment involves building a portfolio of evidence gathered in the workplace which demonstrates that apprentices cover the range of skills required for their qualification.
In addition, apprentices will be expected to complete initial assessments in English and Maths to ensure they are working at a suitable level in these subjects.
4 GCSEs at grade 3 or above including English and Maths (or equivalents)
You will also need to gain a suitable employer.
You can do this through searching for vacancies on our website http://www.sheffcol.ac.uk/apprenticeship/vacancies/ and applying directly to the employer. This will be followed by a competitive interview process.
Or by approaching employers yourself to ask if they will take on an apprentice. Once you find a suitable employer you should contact the college with their details.
Progression routes for this apprenticeship may include: Level 3 Apprenticeship in Carpentry and Joinery
Successful completion of this course also enables learners to apply for the CSCS Blue Skilled Worker card.
Future career paths may include: Working as a carpenter / joiner in the construction industry Working in a supervisory / managerial role in a construction environment