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Carpentry and Joinery - Intermediate Apprenticeship - Level 2

Overview

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.

Entry requirements

Each apprenticeship programme will have its own set of entry requirements. You should understand these before making an application. Individual prior attainment will always be carefully considered when planning an apprenticeship programme.

You will need to be aged 16 years and over to be eligible for an apprenticeship programme. As this is a work-based qualification you must be employed in a relevent role and have a contract of employment to cover the duration of the apprenticeship programme. Here at West Nottinghamshire College we have a recruitment team that can help you to find the right opportunity. Call the main college number and ask for the apprenticeship team to find out how we could help you.

As an applicant, you will undertake assessment in both maths and English prior to enrolment to ascertain current working levels which will aid the creation of an individual learning plan towards achieving maths and English at level 2 if not already achieved.

If you have passed maths and English GCSE or equivalent you will be required to evidence this with certificates which will may result in exemption from undertaking the maths and English functional skill qualification within the apprenticeship framework. Please note that as an apprenticeship you are required to demonstrate ongoing improvement in both maths and English even if you are exempt from the tested element.

Start dates and fees

This apprenticeship programme can begin at any time of the year. This might be in line with your start date of employment or perhaps a review with your employer where your development is discussed.

During your apprenticeship your employer is obliged to pay you a wage. The minimum rate for an apprentice in the year 2020 is £4.15 an hour for the first year of learning. It is worth noting that many employers pay above this rate.

For information on apprenticeship opportunities please visit our Vision Apprentices website.

How long is the course?

24 months plus EPA

How will I be assessed?

Blended delivery method including day release at college, work based assessment and online learning including Reflective accounts, witness statements, activity based work books, presentations, professional interview/discussion and work based projects.

What does the course lead to?

Following the successful completion of the intermediate apprenticeship there is the opportunity for further development using other apprenticeship standards, depending on how your role has evolved and the potential to work towards career progression opportunities.

What will I study?

  • How to work safely and be aware of Health & Safety Issues
  • How to plan and carry out to a commercial standards of quality and speed
  • How to Move, handle and store resources, such as materials and timber components, complying with relevant legislation & guidance
  • To Interpret and follow verbal and written work instructions from trade supervisors and site managers and to be able to work with others to comply
  • To select the required materials to carry out the work, such as correct timber, tools and fixings.
  • To be able to access, interpret and use drawings and specifications to carry out their work.
  • How to calculate quantity, length, area and wastage of resources.
  • Learn to 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.

On pathway 1 learners will work towards knowledge and skill in the following areas:

  • Carrying out a range of job tasks including measuring, marking out, fitting, cutting, splicing, finishing, positioning and securing.
  • Installing door and window frames, door and hatch linings, floor joist coverings, straight partitions and straight staircases.
  • Installing doors, ironmongery, service encasements, wall and floor units and fitments, cladding and staircase components.
  • Erecting inclined roofs with gables, joists, roof coverings and roof components.
  • Repairing or replacing frames, mouldings, doors, windows, door and window ironmongery, roofing components, guttering and downpipes and window components.
  • Using, maintaining and storing hand tools, power tools and associated equipment.

On pathway 2 learners will work towards knowledge and skill in the following areas:

  • Understanding 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.
  • Understanding how to form specific joints required for site carpentry work, such as mitres, butt and halving joints
  • Understanding 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).
  • Understanding how to work safely at height and use access equipment correctly.
  • Knowing how to use, maintain and store hand tools, power tools and associated equipment.

Study programmes

It is an entry requirement for some courses to have gained GCSEs A*-C in English and maths (see entry requirements). If the entry requirements to a course do not require A*-C in these subjects, and you haven’t already gained GCSEs A*-C in English and maths before joining us, you will continue to study English and maths as part of your programme and take appropriate qualifications in these subjects with the aim of achieving A* to C grade. In addition, to help you gain essential skills for employment, every student aged under 19 and studying a full-time course at college will take part in our study programmes alongside their main subject qualification. Find out more.

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Next steps

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