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Carpentry & Joinery - Site Carpenter Level 2 Apprenticeship

Course code: XMBS150P

Subject area: Carpentry & Joinery

Study level: Apprenticeship

Course level: 2

Course details

Course time:

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Course date:

1st Aug 2024 - 31st Jul 2025

Contact details


01235 541111

Carpentry and Joinery apprentices typically either work on a construction site as a Site Carpenter or in a workshop as an Architectural Joiner. Separate information about architectural joinery is also available.
Site carpenters work with building materials (most often wood) to create and install building components. This typically involves shaping and cutting materials, installing finished materials like partitions, doors, staircases, window frames, mouldings, timber floor coverings and erecting structural components such as floor joists and roofs. Apprentices normally work on a building site or in homes or commercial premises. They will prepare and fix building components from construction of new buildings through to installation or fixtures and fittings, they might also carry out a wide range of repair and maintenance jobs.


• 18 months practical training period, plus 3 months for End Point Assessment

Delivery model:

• Work-based training with your employer

• Day release during term time (approximately 1 day per week for 18 months)

• Approximately 5 on-site assessment visits per year

• Level 1 Functional Skills in Maths and English (7 days at college for each, if required)

• Off the job training will count for at least 6 hours a week of an apprentice’s time at work

Qualifications included:

• Level 1 Functional Skills in English and Maths

• Level 2 Carpentry and Joinery Apprenticeship

End Point Assessment:

• Multiple choice knowledge test

• Practical test

• Professional discussion based on a portfolio of evidence

Course units
What will apprentices learn?

• Principles of health & safety

• Terminology/components including foundations, roofs, walls, floors, utilities and services

• Interpret/ produce information from drawings/ specifications

• Estimate resource quantities

• Communicate and work with others well

• The characteristics, quality, uses, sustainability, limitations and defects of timber/ timber-based products

• How to prepare, use and maintain hand/ power tools

• Different types of fixings/ fasteners

• First fix work: timber frames/ linings, timber coverings, flat roof decking, stud partitions, straight flights of stairs and handrails/ spindles

• Second fix work: installation of service encasements, cladding, wall/ floor units, mouldings, side hung doors and ironmongery

• Structural carcassing work, trussed rafter roofs, gables, verges/ eaves, floor joists/ coverings

What skills will apprentices gain?

• Work safely

• Plan/ undertake work productively

• Storage, maintenance and safe use of hand/ power tools

• Interpret information from drawings/ specifications

• Estimate resource quantities

• Measuring, marking out, fitting, cutting, splicing, mitring, scribing, horizontal/ vertical levelling, finishing, positioning, securing

• First fix work: frames/ lining, covering, flat roof decking, straight flights of stairs, stud partitions, handrails/ spindles.

• Second fix work: installing service encasement, cladding, wall/ floor units and fitments, side hung doors, ironmongery, mouldings

• Stud partitions, trussed rafter roofs, gables, verge/ eaves, floor joists/ coverings

What behaviours will apprentices develop?

• Effective communication

• Effective team/ independent working

• Logical thinking

• Working effectively

• Time management

• Ad

What next?
Successful completion of this apprenticeship will help you to secure full time employment in the sector and could lead to higher level study in the future.
Entry criteria
No formal entry requirements. You are likely to have 4 GCSEs A*- D/ 9-3 or equivalent and will need to demonstrate the ability to achieve all elements of the apprenticeship during their programme, including working in a suitable job role.
Fee information
Free to apprentices. This apprenticeship has an £12,000 funding band. Small companies will need to make a small contribution of £600; large companies could pay through the apprenticeship levy if they have funds available.
Qualifications received
Qualifications included:

• Level 1 Functional Skills in English and Maths

• Level 2 Carpentry and Joinery Apprenticeship