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Intermediate Apprenticeship - Carpentry (Site Carpentry or Bench Joinery) at Croydon College

Course description

This apprenticeship is ideal for you if you want to gain professional level skills in carpentry and the essential knowledge for progression in the construction industry.

This programme covers site carpentry techniques and skills which will enable you to construct and fit various structures such as roofs, stairs, kitchen units, as well as erecting and fixing doors and windows.

Some of the topics covered include:

  • Conforming to general workshop safety

  • Conforming to efficient work practises

  • Moving and handling resources

  • Setting up and using circular saws

  • Maintaining non-structural carpentry work

The learning experience is a mix of classroom based theory lessons and practical workshops designed to help you develop skills the industry needs.

You will develop your skills using industry standard facilities and materials. In 2014 Ofsted described the College’s workshops as“spacious and well-organised environments, where students can work productively, in an orderly fashion, using safe working practices.”

Good English and maths skills are essential for success in studying and for future employment prospects and so Croydon College ensures that these skills are developed in all learning opportunities.

It’s also important to have good English and maths qualifications and so all students will study English and maths and work towards an appropriate level and type of qualification including GCSE.

Course content

This Intermediate Apprenticeship in Carpentry will help secure a work placement through Croydon College (if you don’t have one already) giving you the opportunity to continue earning while learning.

Just a few of the course highlights include:

  • The opportunity to spend one day a week learning new skills at the College and four days a week earning and applying the skills you’ve learnt.

  • At the end of the course you’ll have the opportunity to apply for a full Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) Gold card, which confirms you have the correct training and qualifications for the type of work you carry out.

  • Internal carpentry competitions are held and the winners are entered for the regional heats of Skillbuild (part of the Worldskills competition).

  • Visit exhibitions such as Ecobuild and The London Skills Show, as well as local construction sites. Previous learners have visited the construction sites of Denne Construction and Lakehouse Construction.

  • You will be taught by highly qualified staff members with many years of experience working in the trade. For example one staff member previously worked as a building maintenance manager for a leading housing association.

  • Careers support in terms of information, advice and guidance during and after the programme, is available from our dedicated Apprenticeship Team.

  • Great earning potential - research shows that apprentices earn, on average, over £100,000 more throughout their career than other employees (NAS, 2013).

  • Work ready - a Department for Business, Innovation and Skills survey showed that qualified apprentices score 4% higher on employability than university graduates (ICM Survey, 2013).

Entry requirements

A minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade D-G, one being English or maths, or a Level 1 related qualification.

English and maths assessed at Entry Level 3 or above.


This Apprenticeship involves a mix of theory exams on computers in the College and practical assignments in the College’s workshops.

Students often enjoy the assessments because they help them to learn skills and understand the standards required in the construction industry. 

You will also be assessed by your assessor in the workplace, but in a simulated construction environment, away from the stresses and distractions experienced on a real site.

Future opportunities

Progression from this Apprenticeship could be into full time employment as a Carpenter or on to the Level 3 Apprenticeship in Site Carpentry.

Former apprentices are now working as Site Carpenters for companies such as Denbre Ltd and Sebastian Edwards Renovations.

An alternative progression route is the BTEC Level 3 Construction and Built Environment course which opens up many career paths, including quantity surveying, site management, building surveying or architecture.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 07 March 2016
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