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Carpentry and Joinery Apprenticeship | City & Guilds NVQ Level 2

Course Code: AP0372-RC Course Type: Apprenticeships Campus: East Brighton Campus Start Date: January 2020 Duration: 2 Years Entry requirements: You will be required to have or be willing to achieve English and Maths functional skills at Level 1 or GCSE equivalent. You will need to have an employer to enable you to carry out the competency part of the qualification.

Why this course?

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

The occupation involves carrying out skilled work, primarily using timber products, either on a construction site, or in a workshop,creating and installing building components. This is a core and options apprenticeship, with two pathways:

Pathway 1: 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.

Pathway 2: 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.


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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What's Next?

On completion of this standard, some apprentices may progress onto the Advanced Apprenticeship Standard in Carpentry and Joinery,or secure employment as a Site Carpenter or Architectural Joiner.

The achievement of this standard will meet the requirements of the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) 'Skilled Worker' standard, which is widely accepted in the sector as a 'licence to operate' in a skilled construction trade.

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