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Introduction to Carpentry and Joinery

Key course information

Construction and Trades


6 weeks

Part time


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Course Overview

If you have a desire to take on some DIY that isn't just about putting up picture frames and hanging wallpaper, why not learn how to bring your own design to life and take up carpentry and joinery!If you have already tried, you'll know how satisfying it is to use simple woodworking tools and use them to craft timber and other wood-based materials. With your newly acquired skills, you may wish to take on projects such as repairing or hanging a door, install a lock, architraves and skirting boards, or cut simple joints to make garden nesting boxes etc.With this course, you will learn the fundamental skills you need to start and much more! You don't need any previous experience, just a genuine interest and a willingness to learn!

What will I learn?

The course aims to provide you with the basic practical skills to be able to successfully and safely work with a variety of hand tools, timber and timber based materials.

On completion, you should be able to:

Demonstrate an understanding of all aspects of health and safety relevant to working with hand tools
Successfully process timber to complete a series of set projects in the class workshop
Demonstrate an understanding of measuring and calculating quantities of materials

The following topics will be covered during the course:

Health and safety in procedures in the workshop environment
How to maintain and sharpen chisels and planes
How to safely use tools and equipment;
How to prepare timber to specific sizes
How to joint timber to form frames
How to Estimate Quantities of materials;
Hang a small door
Cut and fix architrave/skirting
Install a mortice lock

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements for this course.

Study, Assessment and Qualifications

Assessment is informal, based on your personal targets and the learning outcomes and will be undertaken regularly with you by the course tutor. There are no final qualifications associated with this course.

Additional Costs and Information

You will need to wear overalls and hard-capped boots for his course and bring with you a notebook and pen.

What Could I Do Next?

On completion of your course you may choose to progress onto these following courses

Construction and Trades

Career Opportunities

  • Bricklayer
  • Installation Electrician
  • Painter or Decorator

  • Plumber
  • Carpenter
  • Fitter

Over the next 10 years, half a million employees are expected to retire from the construction industry

An average salary in June 2019 for a bricklayer was £36,678

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