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Carpentry and Joinery Advanced Apprenticeship | City & Guilds NVQ Diploma Level 3

Course Code: AP0373-1C Course Type: Apprenticeships Campus: East Brighton Campus Start Date: January 2020 Duration: 2 Years Entry requirements: You will be required to study functional skills unless you have already achieved GCSE Grade 4

Why this course?

This advanced apprenticeship will allow you to gain the practical skills and theoretical knowledge necessary to become a carpenter or joiner at and advanced level.

The role of a carpenter involves carrying out advanced skilled work, primarily using timber products, either on a construction site, or in a workshop, creating and installing building components. The advanced carpenter and joiner is able to undertake complex job tasks, requiring high levels of practical skills and knowledge, in addition to managing their own work and leading small teams.

An advanced site Carpenter or Architectural Joiner has responsibility for managing their own and other people's work, as well as being required to complete complex and non-standard work. Examples of complex tasks include curved products, irregular joints and bespoke work.

Pathway 1: An Advanced Site Carpenter will normally work on a building site, or in domestic and commercial premises, preparing and installing complex and often bespoke building components e.g. high quality doors, shaped linings, staircases with turns, complex wall and floor units, erecting bespoke structural carpentry (inclined roofs and joists) and erecting complex roof structures (e.g.inclined roofs with hips, valleys and dormers).

Pathway 2: An Advanced Architectural joiner will normally be employed in a workshop, producing complex building components by setting out, marking out and manufacturing bespoke architectural products (e.g.doors,windows,staircases with turns and panelling/cladding).


Apprenticeships are available for school leavers and adults (19+), beginning at Level 2 through to degree level.

What levels are available?


Wages vary depending on the type of apprenticeship but there is a national minimum wage (NMW) in the UK which applies to all 16-18 year olds and to those aged 19 or over in the first year of their studies. From October 2017, this is £3.50 per hour. However, the MET encourages employers to pay at a higher hourly rate.

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