Site Carpentry and Bench Joinery

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Qualification type: Advanced Apprenticeship
Level: Level 3
Awarding body Cskills
Academic year: 2017/2018
Start date September 2017
Duration 1 year
Location: Darlington College
Attendance: Apprenticeship

Course overview

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.

On the job training, which is typically 4 days per week, is structured and agreed with your employer to ensure you learn the right skills.

Off the job training is arranged for you at college. You will complete this training on a day release basis.

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!’

 

Entry requirements

You will be required to have 4 GCSEs grades A*-C including GCSE maths and English or an appropriate Level 2 in Site Carpentry or Bench Joinery qualification (at a merit if graded) and a satisfactory school report.

It would be helpful to have Standard Grades in technology subjects or Skills for Work Construction Crafts qualification 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

Within this Apprenticeship framework you will cover a series of units including:

National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) Site Carpentry Route

  • Conform to health and safety in the workplace
  • Confirming work activities and resources for an occupational work area in the workplace
  • Developing and maintaining good occupational working relationships in the workplace
  • Confirming the occupational method of work in the workplace
  • Setting up and using transportable cutting and shaping machines in the workplace

Optional - choose one from:

  • Maintaining non-structural or structural components in the workplace
  • Erecting complex roof structure accessing components in the workplace

Bench Joinery Route:

  • Conform to health and safety in the workplace
  • Confirming work activities and resources for an occupational work area in the workplace
  • Developing and maintaining good occupational working relationships in the workplace
  • Confirming the occupational method of work in the workplace
  • Setting up and using transportable cutting and shaping machines in the workplace

Optional - choose one from:

  • Setting up and using fixed machinery in the workplace
  • Producing setting out details for bespoke bench joinery products

Diploma Level 3 courses:

  • Carry out safe working practices in construction
  • Knowledge of: information, quantities and communicating with others
  • Building methods and construction technology
  • Install complex first fixing, second fixing and structural components
  • Manufacture complex bench joinery products
  • Technical drawing
  • Functional skills in maths and English
  • Knowledge questions and a practical phase tests are also part of the qualification framework

The following qualifications will also be part of your Apprenticeship:

  • England - NVQ Diploma, Functional or key Skills and Employment Rights and Responsibilities
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 and whilst surveying) mandatory PPE as follows:

    1. Approved protective footwear with ankle support (Rigger type boots are not allowed)
    2. Approved safety glasses
    3. 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.

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What next

A Level 3 Apprentice could continue to higher education at college or university, such as undertaking a HNC in Building Studies.

Information, advice and support

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

CITB - Construction Skills provides the best practical support to make everything as simple as possible. They can help with costs and advice by assigning one of their Apprenticeship officers to make it as easy as possible.

CITB - Construction Skills do not offer employment, but can offer you guidance about looking for work and notify you of any vacancies that they are aware of.

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.

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