Site Carpentry and Bench Joinery

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Qualification type: Intermediate Apprenticeship (Standard)
Level: Level 2
Awarding body Cskills/NOCN
Academic year: 2018/2019
Start date September 2018
Duration 2 years
Location: Darlington College
Attendance: Apprenticeship

Course overview

A Construction apprenticeship usually lasts between 2 and 4 years depending on where you're based and what level of qualification you're studying for. During this time you will be allocated an Apprenticeship officer to support and guide you through your training programme.

As an apprentice, you will:

  • be in full time employment
  • gain a nationally recognised qualification
  • get hands-on experience to help you develop the skills you need to kick start a successful career.

If you are already with an employer, then an Apprenticeship is an ideal work-based learning qualification. It is an ideal way for you to ‘earn whilst you learn!’

If you haven't got an employer to support you through your Apprenticeship, we can support you with this.

Throughout your Apprenticeship you will typically get:

  • On the job training – this is structured and agreed with your employer to ensure you learn the right skills. This is typically 4 days per week.
  • Off the job training – this is arranged for you at college. You will complete this training on a day release basis, typically over one day per week.

If you have not achieved a grade C or 4 points or above in English or maths, you will as part of your course be required to work towards this as part of your Apprenticeship programme.

 

Entry requirements

You will be required to have 4 GCSEs at grades D-E including maths and English so that you can do the necessary calculations, measurements and theory.

However, there are a number of ways for you to enter an Apprenticeship programme. You could progress on to one from any of these routes:

  • GCSEs achieved in school or college
  • Experience Construction Initiative
  • Pathways to Construction
  • Young Apprenticeship Scheme in Construction (14-16)
  • Construction and Built Environment Diploma (14-19)
  • Functional Skills in English and Maths
  • Key Skills in Application of Number and Communication
  • Foundation Learning Tier (a craft occupation at Level 1)
  • Women and Work Sector Pathways initiative (W&WSPI)
  • Construction Youth Trust which supports young people's journey to work
  • Skills for Work Construction Crafts courses
  • National Progression Award (prevocational or pre-apprenticeship courses) at college
  • Get Ready for Work or Training for Work programmes
  • Projects like Youth Build which support young people's journey to work

You'll also need to have a suitable level of physical fitness to do some jobs as they involve moving and handling resources, placing and fixing materials.

How to enquire/apply

To apply for this course please click the apply button and complete the online application form. If you have any queries with regards to your application or would like further information and support please contact us on 01325 503030.

Studying and learning

Most apprentices follow a Traditional Apprenticeship route, which combines college attendance with learning on site.

As part of your Apprenticeship, you will achieve an NVQ which is the main qualification to show you can do your job. You can also use this to qualify for one of the industry card schemes, which are essential for getting on site.

The following qualifications will also be part of your Apprenticeship:

  • England - NVQ Diploma, Functional or Key Skills and Employment Rights and Responsibilities.

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.

'Standards' Occupational Profiles

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.

Core Skills and Competencies (both pathways)
On completion of this Apprenticeship, carpentry and joinery workers will be able to:

  • Work safely and be aware of key health, safety and welfare issues.
  • Plan and carry out their work to commercial standards of quality and speed.
  • Move, handle and store resources, such as materials and timber components, complying with relevant legislation and guidance.
  • Interpret and follow verbal and written work instructions from trade supervisors and site managers.
  • Select the required materials to carry out the work, such as correct timber, tools and fixings.
  • Access, interpret and use drawings and specifications to carry out their work.

Core Knowledge (both pathways)
On completion of this Apprenticeship, carpentry and joinery workers will have the following core knowledge to:

  • Understand the principles of health, safety and welfare and how these are applied in the workplace.
  • 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.
How will I be assessed

Upon completion of your NVQ you may be required to sit an End Point Assessment which consists of a written question paper and a final practical assessment.

Things you may need

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Health and safety are of paramount importance in the construction industry and we place a great emphasis on this part of your education. If you enrol on, and undertake any course in the construction department you will be required to provide and wear at all times (in the college site area) mandatory PPE as follows:

  • Approved protective footwear with ankle support (Rigger type boots are not allowed)
  • Approved hi-visibility vest

It is also expected that you will attend college in suitable work wear / clothes; it will be possible to order this directly with suppliers during college enrolment.

What next

A Level 2 Apprentice could continue to a Level 3 qualification in their chosen trade route.

Information, advice and support

Once a construction company offers you an Apprenticeship you can get on with earning and learning.

What if I need support?

Here at the college we have outstanding support. Our support staff are dedicated to providing you with all the help and guidance you may need throughout your college journey.

You might need help and advice on a wide range of issues such as childcare, counselling and additional learning support. For more information on any aspect of student support contact the Course and Information Team, who will direct your call to the appropriate member of the college support team, call: 01325 503030.

Enquiry Form

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