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Carpenters and joiners

Average National Salaries (2017)

Age 20

£16,640 pile of coins

Age 35

£30,160 pile of coins

Age 50

£33,280 pile of coins
Average salary in the East Midlands: £27,560

What does this career do?

Carpenters and joiners construct, erect, install and repair wooden structures and fittings used in internal and external frameworks and cut, shape, fit and assemble wood to make templates, jigs, scale models and scenic equipment for theatres.

Typical tasks

  • examines drawings and specifications to determine job requirements
  • selects and measures appropriate wood and cuts, shapes and drills to specification using saws, planes, chisels and other power or hand tools
  • aligns and fixes prepared wood pieces by screwing, nailing, gluing and dowelling to form frames, shop fronts, counter units, decking, theatrical sets, furniture, small wooden craft, scale models and wooden templates
  • checks accuracy of work with square, rule and spirit level
  • maintains and repairs woodwork and fittings.

Current entry requirements

There are no formal academic entry requirements, though GCSEs/S grades are advantageous. Entry is typically through an apprenticeship or traineeship approved by ConstructionSkills leading to an NVQ/SVQ in General Construction at Level 3.

Percentage in work

  • Employed

  • Unemployed

Male
(2018)
Female
(2016)

Due to insufficient sample sizes, some data was excised.

Predicted employment status in 2022

  • Part-time

  • Self Employed

  • Full-time

Predicted employment levels in the East Midlands

Career related courses available at West Notts

About the statistics

Data is powered by LMI for All and is sourced from labour market statistics from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the Institute for Employment Research, the Department for Works and Pensions, and the UK Commission for Employment and Skills.

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