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Wood Occupations - Level 3 Apprenticeship at Middlesbrough College

Course description

Apprenticeships allow 16+ year olds to start work and earn a wage, while learning new skills that lead to nationally recognised qualifications. Apprenticeships are designed with the help of employers in the industry, so they offer a structured programme that takes Apprentices through the skills needed to do a job well. Most of an Apprentice's training takes place on the job but they will also have to complete off-the-job training within the College. Wood Occupation Apprentices work towards a work-based NVQ qualification in addition to the nationally recognised Construction Diploma. Areas to be covered:- Knowledge Based Qualification (Level 3 Diploma in Bench Joinery) (Level 3 Diploma in Site Carpentry). You will study theory and practical sessions. Example of General core units:- Knowledge of Information, Quantities and Communicating with Others Building Methods and Construction Technology Set Up and Used Fixed and Transportable Machinery Manufacture Complex Shaped Joinery Products Carry Out Safe Work Practices in Construction Carryout First and Second Fixings Maintain Structural and Non-Structural Components Erect Complex Structural Carcassing Components. Competence Based Qualification (Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Wood Occupations) General core units:- Conforming to General Safety in the Workplace Confirming Work Activities and Resources for an Occupational Work Area Developing and Maintaining Good Occupational - Working Relationships Confirming the Occupational Method of Work Example of Optional Units: Installing First / Second Fixing Components. Erecting Structural and Non-Structural Components. Marking Out and Setting Out Routine Bench Products. Producing Complex Shaped Bespoke Bench Joinery Products. English and Maths up to Level Maths English Employment Rights and Responsibilities (ERR) Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS) The Apprentice National Minimum Wage applies to all 16 to 18 year old Apprentices and to those aged 19 and over in the first year of their Apprenticeship. If the apprentice is aged 19 and / or has completed the first year of their Apprenticeship, the employer must pay the National Minimum Wage appropriate for their age. A breakdown of wage rates is available on the GOV.UK website.

Entry requirements

No specific academic requirements but employment as a trainee in Wood Occupations is essential. Applicants will be required to complete an initial assessment to determine their current learning level. "If you do not have a Grade A to C in English and/or Maths, you will be required to continue studying these subjects as part of your Study Programme."


The NVQ is assessed through work-based evidence compiled as an electronic portfolio. The Diploma is assessed on practical assignments, unit end tests and an online exam.

Future opportunities

At the end of the programme, Apprentices will have achieved the Construction Skills NVQ Level 3 in Wood Occupations and the Construction Skills Level 3 Diploma in Bench / Site Carpentry. Apprentices will also have the opportunity to complete English and Maths that will help develop important skills - like communication, team working, presentation, and problem solving. On completion of the Wood Occupations Apprenticeship at Level 3, Apprentices can go into other industrial occupations, building supervisory and management roles within the Construction Industry.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Middlesbrough College directly.

Last updated date: 11 April 2016
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