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
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
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.
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.
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.
ESSENTIAL EQUIPMENT REQUIRED FOR CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES AND ASSESSMENTS:
- 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.
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.