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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.

A Site Carpenter will 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.

  • What will I study?


    • Health and safety
    • Plan and carry our work to a commercial standard
    • Move, handle and store resources
    • Interpret and follow verbal and written work instructions
    • Select the required materials to carry out the work
    • Access, interpret and use drawings and specifications to carry out their work


    • Understand the principles of health and safety
    • 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.


    • Effective communication
    • Effective team working
    • Independent working
    • Logical thinking
    • Working effectively
    • Time management
    • Adaptability
  • Who is this course for?

    This course is ideal if you have an interest in woodwork, creating, installing and fixing building components on a building site or commercial premises, and you are employed in a site carpentry role.

  • How is the course assessed?

    Site Carpentry Skills

    • 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

    Site Carpentry Knowledge

    • 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.

    • 1 day at college day realise
    • Develop a portfolio of evidence
    • Assessments in the work place
    • 3 off sites visits
    • To complete your apprenticeship you will have to pass an end point assessment
  • Knowledge

    You will develop a thorough knowledge and understanding of:

    • The principles of environment, health, safety and welfare and how they must be applied
    • Know how to interpret and produce relevant information from drawings, specifications and Work instructions including The basic principles of Computer Aided design (CAD)
    • how to carry out first fixing work.
  • Skills

    You will have the ability to:

    • identify and Apply safe working practices in accordance with current legislation, health, safety and welfare regulations
    • carry out first fixing Work including Install timber frames and linings, coverings, flat roof decking, Install straight flights of stairs and erect timber stud partitions
    • carry out second fixing Work including Install service encasement, cladding, wall and floor units and fitments.
  • Behaviours

    What is required?

    • Effective communication: oral, written, listening, body language, presentation
    • working effectively: undertake The Work in a reliable and productive manner
    • Adaptability: be able to adjust to changes to Work instructions.
  • General info


    • Scientific calculator, pencils, coloured pencils, black ink pens, ruler, maths set, rubber, coloured highlighters, A4 project book, A4 lever arch folder, narrow post-it index
    • Navy polycotton apron
    • Safety boots
    • Safety specs (clear)
    • No-cut gloves
  • Progression and Career Opportunities

    After successful completion of this course you could progress within the carpentry and joinery industry or progress to a higher level qualification.

  • Entry Requirements for new students

    Applicants will typically hold:

    • 4 x GCSEs grade 9-3
    • Equivalent L1 qualifications appropriate to the apprenticeship

    • Initial assessment (BKSB and free-writing) will demonstrate the applicant is working at Entry 3 for English and mathematics
    • In the absence of the above, a professional discussion may be offered to confirm suitability for the programme and likelihood to achieve.

    *All applicants will be invited for interview with an apprenticeship advisor and the employer

    • Equivalent qualifications will be considered.
    • In exceptional circumstances, applications which do not meet the formal entry criteria may be considered on an individual basis.
  • Admissions Process

    The interview process will include an informal advice and guidance session with one of our apprenticeship advisors in preparation for a formal interview with an employer (subject to suitability for the course and job).

    You will need to bring copies of your certificates for any qualifications already achieved and a copy of your CV or application. You should also be prepared to sit English and maths assessments.