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Joinery - Wood Occupations - Intermediate Apprenticeship - Level 2


As a joinery apprentice you will begin at the first level of a diploma to build your understanding as a joiner. We will then move you on to the Level 2 programme of learning.

Your apprenticeship will include the following:

  • Obtaining and loading out of trade related materials.

  • Carrying out repairs and maintenance which includes removing doors, door frames, windows, flooring, joists, kitchen units, staircases.

  • Operating woodwork machinery to prepare materials for use in either manufacture or replacement of joinery items.

  • Using power tools in conjunction with repairs and maintenance.

Entry requirements

You will need a good educational background, preferably GCSE grade C in English and Maths.

Good practical skills are essential. 

You will be required to complete a practical and knowledge based test prior to being accepted onto the programme.

As this is an employed position you must be employed in a joinery role.

Start dates and fees

If you are between the age of 16 and 18 the apprenticeship is free of charge. If you are 19 and above your employer must pay a one off fee.

During your apprenticeship your employer is obliged to pay you a wage at the minimum rate for an apprentice.

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

How long is the course?

The course normally lasts between two and two and a half years, depending on the individual.

How will I be assessed?

Underpinning knowledge and practical support is given once a week on day release at college; you are also expected to collect work based evidence and photos for a portfolio to enable NVQ achievement.

What does the course lead to?

Once you have completed the apprenticeship, you will be a fully qualified joiner equipped with the necessary skills and qualifications required for working within the industry.

What will I study?

As part of your apprenticeship you will cover the following:

  • Diploma Level 1 in Wood Occupations

  • Diploma Level 2 in Wood Occupations

  • NVQ Level 2 in Wood Occupations

  • Key Skills Level 1 Communications

  • Key Skills Level 1 Application of Number.

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.

What can I go on to study?

Following on from the Level 2 there is the opportunity for progression onto an advanced apprenticeship at Level 3 and the potential to work in a supervisory role. 

How do I apply?

For more information contact or telephone 0808 100 3626


Next steps

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