Where will this course lead?

This course is ideal for you if you wish to become a Site Carpenter, or Architectural Joiner and are new to the construction industry, or if you are currently working in an associated role that provides assistance to qualified professionals. The apprenticeship is perfect for demonstrating your competence, because it is a measure of your ability to carry out a range of woodwork skills, to criteria that has been set by the industry. The qualification is nationally recognised by the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS), which will enable you to gain the CSCS Blue Card.

The occupation involves carrying out skilled work, primarily using timber products to create and install building components on a construction site, or in a workshop. There are two pathways to choose from within this apprenticeship, which will depend upon your role in the workplace.

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.

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.

What will I study?

You will study the knowledge, skills and behaviours as set out within the apprenticeship standard, which will include the following subjects…

· Site Carpentry Pathway

· Conforming to general health, safety and welfare

· Conforming to productive working practices

· Moving, handling and storing resources

· Measuring, marking out, fitting, cutting, splicing, finishing, positioning and securing

· Installing doors, ironmongery, service encasements, wall and floor units and fitments, cladding and staircase components

· Erecting inclined roofs with gables, joists and roof coverings

· Repairing or replacing frames, mouldings, guttering, downpipes and windows

· Using, maintaining and storing hand tools, power tools and equipment

· Architectural Joinery Pathway

· Conforming to general health, safety and welfare

· Conforming to productive working practices

· Moving, handling and storing resources

· Measuring, marking out, fitting, cutting, splicing, finishing, positioning and securing

· Forming joints such as dovetail, comb and mortice and tenon

· Manufacturing, fitting and assembling components for doors, windows, opening lights, units and stairs

· Using, maintaining and storing hand tools, power tools and equipment

· Ordering joinery materials such as timber, adhesives and fixings

How will this course be delivered?

You will receive comprehensive training at work and attend college on a day-release basis. From the beginning of your course, your college-appointed assessor coach will prepare you for the End Point Assessment (EPA), by building a portfolio of evidence with you. The assessor coach will visit you in the workplace at regular intervals and support you with your on-programme progression. Within theory classes you will have knowledge assessments and within skills workshops, you will undergo practical skills assessments, which will all go into your portfolio of evidence and prepare you for your final EPA.

This will give you the opportunity to do real work, developing work-based skills that employers' value and helping you to progress in your chosen career.

What qualifications will I get?

· Level 2 Carpentry & Joinery Apprenticeship Standard - Site Carpenter or Architectural Joiner


· Level 1 Functional Skills Maths and English (if required)

How will I be assessed?

Knowledge and learning outcomes will be assessed via externally set 'on-screen' assessments, along with a range of assignments, projects and written assessments, covering theory and practical skills.

Workplace skills will be assessed in the workplace and the apprentice will complete a portfolio of evidence that demonstrates their ability against set assessment criteria.

How do I get a place on the course?

In order to gain a place on this course, applicants must meet the entry criteria and attend a formal interview. All applications are to be submitted via the college website:


If you have a learning difficulty or disability, please let us know when you apply. If you need help with completing your application and at interview, we can provide support:


What are the entry requirements?

To secure a place of study on the Level 2 Carpentry & Joinery programme, the minimum entry requirements are as follows:

· English GCSE Grade 2/E, Level 1 Functional Skills, or equivalent

· Mathematics GCSE Grade 2/E, Level 1 Functional Skills, or equivalent

· Demonstrate a passion for construction industry

· Be at least 16 years of age

You must also be employed in a relevant field (as indicated above) for a minimum of 30 hours per week.

What else do I need to know?

There are no direct additional costs for this course, but you may want to purchase some text books for further reading. A suggested reading list will be supplied at the beginning of your course; however, we also have a wide selection of library books and electronic books for you to use too. You will be expected to supply your own stationery, such as folders, pens and paper. A scientific calculator is required and a set of mathematical instruments, including a protractor and compass. Connection to the internet is expected, but facilities are available at college to do this if necessary.

Please note that employers are responsible for providing, replacing and paying for the apprentice's Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), which is required for training in our workshop environments.

Please contact the Employer Services Team for more information regarding funding and costs: apprenticeships@solihull.ac.uk

What can I do after this course?

Upon completion of the apprenticeship, you can:

· Continue your employment in the industry


· Progress onto the Level 3 Advanced Carpentry & Joinery Apprenticeship



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The career paths provided are to give you an idea of the careers that you could progress onto in the future. However, for some, you may need to complete higher level qualifications and gain experience before your dream job becomes a reality. The information provided is to support further research and to generate some initial career ideas when choosing a course. Please check entry requirements to degree courses, apprenticeships, and jobs as this may vary from year to year and across providers. For further advice and guidance, please contact: careers@solihull.ac.uk.