Apprenticeships are a popular choice for people who are looking to develop their skills and gain valuable work experience and training while being paid.

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.

You will be required to attend college one day per week where you will be taught theory and practical skills. You will also be required to collect evidence of your workplace competence for your NVQ.

To successfully complete this apprenticeship you will need to achieve an NVQ Level 2 qualification, Functional Skills maths and English Level 1 and pass an End Point Assessment which consists of a Knowledge Assessment and a Practical Skills Assessment.

The apprentice does not have to pay any fees for this course, however the employer may be required to pay a contribution towards the costs of training.

Your offer of Apprenticeship training will be dependent upon you securing employment, the college may be able to assist you with this

What the course leads to

What courses can I do after this? 

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.

What do I need to apply

To do this course you should have... 

An employer who will provide you with the range of work and training to achieve your qualifications

You will need to have a minimum of maths and English qualifications equivalent to a GCSE Grade 2 or E.

You will need to be committed to attending college every week and be prepared to learn.

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Course costs

Course Code Start Date Costs 16-18 Costs 19-23 (with concessions) Costs 19+ (no concessions)
CDN2XC0264 01/08/2021 TBC TBC TBC

* Please note fees are subject to change.

Course content

Course Content 

To gain the Apprenticeship Standard you will be required to complete:

  • An Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Wood Occupations - Site Carpentry
  • Level 1 Functional Skills in Maths & English (plus work towards and take a test at Level 2

You will also be required to pass an end point assessment (EPA) this consists of:

  • A knowledge assessment (exam)
  • A Practical Skills Assessment

During the course you will gain the following knowledge:

  • Understand the principles of health, safety and welfare and how these are applied in the workplace.
  • Understand how to communicate with others and comply with instructions and directions.
  • Understand the different techniques and methods used to move, handle and store materials.
  • Understand how to interpret and use relevant product information and specifications.
  • Understand their responsibilities under current employment and safety legislation, such as The Health & Safety at Work Act
  • Understand how to calculate quantity, length, area and wastage of resources.
  • Understand the needs of other workers and how to work effectively with others.
  • Understand the characteristics, quality, uses, sustainability, limitations and defects associated with timber and timber-based products and components, such as hardwood, softwood, MDF and other materials.
  • Understand the technical principles of site carpentry work and how these are applied to prepare and fix timber and timber- based products, erect inclined roofs, maintain and repair building components.
  • Understand how to form specific joints required for site carpentry work, such as mitres, butt and halving joints
  • Understand why, when and how health and safety control equipment should be used when undertaking site carpentry work (e.g. personal protective equipment (PPE) and respiratory protective equipment (RPE).
  • Understand how to work safely at height and use access equipment correctly.
  • Know how to use, maintain and store hand tools, power tools and associated equipment.

More info

Start Day/Time 

September

Duration 

24 Months

Attendance 

Apprenticeship

Level 

Level 2

Qualification Name 

Apprenticeship

Awarding Body 

NOCN

Curriculum Area 

Engineering and Construction - Wood Trades

More about the course 

On completion of this apprenticeship, site carpenters will have acquired occupational skills to be able to:

  • Carry out a range of job tasks including measuring, marking out, fitting, cutting, splicing, finishing, positioning and securing.
  • Install door and window frames, door and hatch linings, floor joist coverings, straight partitions and straight staircases.
  • Install doors, ironmongery, service encasements, wall and floor units and fitments, cladding and staircase components.
  • Erect inclined roofs with gables, joists, roof coverings and roof components.
  • Repair or replace frames, mouldings, doors, windows, door and window ironmongery, roofing components, guttering and downpipes and window components.
  • Use, maintain and store hand tools, power tools and associated equipment.

Duration 

24 Months

Attendance 

Apprenticeship

Level 

Level 2

Qualification Name 

Apprenticeship

Awarding Body 

NOCN