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Carpenter

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Job Description

Carpenters are vital to the construction industry, they construct and repair building framework and structures such as stairways, rafters, doorways and partitions which are made from wood and other materials. They may also be involved in constructing kitchen cabinets and fitted bedroom furniture.

Entry Requirements

There are various ways in which you can get into this job role and the entry requirements can vary depending on what you choose to do:

College

You could take a college course in Bench Joinery or Carpentry and Joinery.

You'll usually need:

  • For a level 2 course: 4 GCSEs at grade D (Grade 3) or equivalent to include maths and English.
  • For a level 3 course: 5 GCSEs at grade C or above (Grades 9 -4) or equivalent to include Maths and English.

The following local colleges offer courses in Carpentry/Joinery:

Or your local 6th form may offer a relevant course

Apprenticeship 

You could do an intermediate or advanced apprenticeship in carpentry and joinery. There are 2 options:

  • site carpenter
  • architectural joiner

You'll do on-the-job training and spend time with a college or training provider.

You could also do a wood product manufacturing operative intermediate apprenticeship.

You'll usually need:

  • For an Advanced Apprenticeship (Level 3): 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths.
  • For an Intermediate Apprenticeship (Level 2): some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent.

Career Tips

You'll need a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card or equivalent to train and work on a construction site

Career Path and Progression

With experience, you could become a team leader or project manager.

You could also move into construction estimating and contracts management, or specialise in areas like stage sets or heritage restoration.

You could also start your own business or move into training.

Related careers you may be interested in:

  • Kitchen and bathroom fitter
  • Furniture maker
  • Furniture restorer
  • Picture framer
  • Wood machinist

Required Skills

  • You will need to be good at maths to understand measurements and numerical data
  • You will also need to have an eye for detail
  • Be able to understand technical drawings and plans
  • The ability to work on your own

Salary Range 

£16,000 to £40,000

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