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Advanced Carpentry and Joinery Apprenticeship (Level 3)

Key course information

Construction and Trades


1 year


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Course Overview

The construction industry is one of the largest and broadest to work in, employing around 7% of the UKs workforce, and there is always a demand for skilled professionals, whether that's developing hospitals or housing estates.Carpenters and Joiners need to have a good eye for detail, strong maths skills and the ability to follow instructions and technical drawings.

What will I learn?

Apprenticeships in Bench Joinery will give you the theoretical knowledge you need to succeed in the industry, the practical skills to produce work to a high standard, and an understanding of health and safety, materials and sustainability.

Entry Requirements

You will need to have completed a level 2 Carpentry apprenticeship.

Minimum grades 4/C or Functional Skills Level 2 in English and Maths.

All applicants will be required to pass initial assessments in Maths, English and ICT.

Your employer must be able to provide the full scope of work required for the apprenticeship.

Study, Assessment and Qualifications

The duration of an advanced apprenticeship in Bench Joinery is 15 months.

This apprenticeship is a day release programme where you will be required to attend college for one day a week for the duration of the apprenticeship.

The competence element will be assessed in the workplace using evidence to build a portfolio and the knowledge element is delivered at Wiltshire College Trowbridge or Chippenham campuses. You will also take an external practical (EPA) assessment at the end of your apprenticeship to test your knowledge and skills learnt during the 15 months.

If required, Functional Skills will also be delivered as a block week for both Maths and English.

Additional Costs and Information

To assist you during your apprenticeship, you may be required to purchase some equipment and resources to support you during your course.

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

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

Two-thirds of construction companies claim they struggled to hire a carpenter due to a shortage of skilled workers

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