Joinery (Bench/Site Carpentry) Intermediate Apprenticeship at Gateshead College
If you like making things and enjoy working with wood, this could be an ideal career for you.
You will need formal qualifications to become a carpenter or joiner and some on-site experience. If you have not worked in construction before, you could work as a joiner's mate or labourer to get site experience. Once working, your employer may offer you training in carpentry and joinery. The best way to become a carpenter or joiner is through an Apprenticeship programme.
To become a carpenter or joiner you will need to have an eye for detail. You will also need good maths skills for measuring and working out angles. As a carpenter you’ll need to follow technical drawings and plans.
- Construct formwork into which concrete is poured
- Set out an outline of the building on the ground of the site, using string and pegs to allow for excavations
- Build floors, wall frameworks (timber or metal) and roofs, and lay timber floors
- Read plans and specifications to determine the dimensions, materials required and installation processes
- Install metal and timber windows, sashes and doors
- Construct and erect prefabricated units, such as cottages and houses
- Cut materials with hand and power tools and assemble, or nail, cut and shape parts
- Install door handles, locks, hardware, flooring underlay, insulating material and other fixtures
- Maintain and sharpen tools.
- Ideally you should have 4 GSCE grades A-D, however support is available to those who do not.
- You will also need to be employed within the sector. If you are not employed, however, it is still worthwhile applying to Gateshead College as we may be able to assist you in finding suitable employment or advise on another suitable course.
- Advanced apprentices would also have to undergo numeracy and literacy tests, a skills test and an interview.
- An NVQ assessor is responsible for visiting you in your workplace to assist you in compiling a portfolio of evidence.
- The technical certificate is assessed by assignments, project work and knowledge based tests whilst you attend the block and/or day release programme at the College.
- Functional skills are assessed by examination and portfolio.
- Apprentices who have the appropriate GCSE grades may be exempt from completing the examinations and/or the portfolio.
After completion of an Intermediate Apprenticeship you could progress onto an Advanced Apprenticeship
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Gateshead College directly.