European Social Fund


Duration: 24 Months
Level: Level 2
Last Updated: 23-03-21

Carpenters and joiners prepare and put into place most of the wooden parts of buildings – from floorboards and roof trusses to expertly-crafted windows and doors. Practical carpentry and joinery skills are in high demand and this programme will equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to work as a joiner in the construction industry.


This occupation is found in both the new build and refurbishment construction sector. The construction industry is central to creating the homes, schools, hospitals, energy and transport infrastructure society needs.  There is growing demand for carpenters and joiners to help meet the need for new homes.

The broad purpose of the occupation is working with building materials (most often wood) to create and install building components.  This typically involves shaping and cutting materials, installing finished materials like partitions, doors, staircases, window frames, mouldings, timber floor coverings and erecting structural components such as floor joists and roofs. All work needs to be carried out safely, using the appropriate tools and to the quality specified.

This occupation includes two different options and people will either work on a construction site as a Site Carpenter or in a workshop as an Architectural Joiner. 

A Site Carpenter will prepare and install basic building components e.g. doors, straight staircases, wall and floor units and erecting structural carpentry and roof structures on a building site or in domestic and commercial premises.

An Architectural Joiner will produce building components by setting out, marking out and manufacturing basic architectural products, including doors, windows, straight staircases and associated ironmongery.


You will be assessed in one or more of the following ways:

  • Course work
  • Oral questioning
  • ePortfolio
  • Practical demonstrations
  • End Point Assessment


The Level 2 apprenticeship may give you the opportunity to progress on to a Level 3 Apprenticeship. You will be a qualified carpenter/joiner equipped with the necessary skills and qualifications required for progressing within industry into areas like site management, estimating and surveying or specialist shop fitting.


An apprenticeship at level 2 requires you to complete, or be working towards a level 1 in Functional Skills for Maths and English. Depending on your prior attainment level, you may be required to complete an initial assessment to check suitability for entry onto the programme. If you have already achieved GCSE grades at E/2 or above, you may be exempt from completing this as part of the apprenticeship. Please note, that depending on grades previously achieved, you may be expected to upskill towards a level 2 in Functional Skills Maths and/or English. Furthermore, all candidates will have an interview with the Apprenticeship Specialist to assess suitably before being accepted on to an apprenticeship programme.


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