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Carpentry & Joinery - Site Carpenter Level 3 Apprenticeship

Course code: XMBS250P

Subject area: Carpentry & Joinery

Study level: Apprenticeship

Course level: 3

Course details

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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. Advanced Site Carpenters manage their own and other people’s work and completes complex and non-standard work such as curved products, irregular joints and bespoke work.


• 13 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 12 months)

• Approximately 5 on-site assessment visits per year

• Level 2 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 2 Functional Skills in English and Maths

• Level 3 Advanced Carpentry & 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?

• Health & safety in more detail than level 2

• Plan/ carry out complex work well

• Develop/ maintain excellent working relationships

• Plan/ execute work tasks accurately

• Importance of team working/ being prepared to take a lead

• Advanced carpentry: erecting inclined roofs, complex roof structures, including hip/ dormer cut roods, maintaining/ repairing non-standard joinery products

• Carry out advanced calculations and work out cutting angles

• Complex joints eg. splayed and plumb

What skills will apprentices gain?

• Working safely

• Understand/ plan work schedules

• Developing/ maintaining good relationships with colleagues

• Determining the best way of carrying out/ communicating work

• Interpreting technical specifications/ compliance with legislation

• Selecting quantity/ quality of resources for non-standard/ complex work

• Leading a team on complex/ non-standard work

• Skills for complex work: measuring, marking out, fitting, cutting, splicing, finishing, positioning and securing

• Installing complex/ non-standard doors/ window frames, shaped door/ hatch linings, partitions with openings/ changes of direction, staircases with turns

• Installing accessible service encasements, bespoke wall/ floor units/ fitments, panelling and stair components

• Erecting inclined roofs with gables, roof verges/ eaves, including finishings, joists and roof coverings

• Repairing/replacing frames, mouldings, floor or flat roof joist coverings, ironmongery, structural joists/ rafters, window components, guttering and downpipes

What behaviours will apprentices develop?

• Effective communication

• Effective team/ independent working

• Logical thinking

• Working effectively

• Time management

• Adaptabili

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
Applicants are likely to have achieved a Level 2 apprenticeship and have 4 GCSEs A*- D/ 9 - 4 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 £9,000 funding band. Small companies will need to make a small contribution of £450; large companies could pay through the apprenticeship levy if they have funds available.
Qualifications received
Qualifications included:

• Level 2 Functional Skills in English and Maths

• Level 3 Advanced Carpentry & Joinery Apprenticeship