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Site Carpentry and Bench Joinery Advanced Apprenticeship at Darlington College

Course description

A CITB-Construction Skills Apprenticeship usually lasts between 2 and 4 years depending on where you're based and what level of qualification you're studying for. During this time you will be allocated an apprenticeship officer to support and guide you through your training programme.

As an apprentice, you will:

- be in full time employment
- gain a nationally recognised qualification
- get hands-on experience to help you develop the skills you need to kick start a successful career.

On the job training is structured and agreed with your employer to ensure you learn the right skills.

Off the job training is arranged for you at college. You can complete this training on day release or over a number of days in a series of blocks.

If you are already with an employer, then an Apprenticeship is an ideal work-based learning qualification. It is an ideal way for you to ‘earn whilst you learn!’

Once registered you can start your application form. Choose your trade from the options on the application form and in the vacancy box type Darlington College.

Course content

National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) Site Route

  • Conform to Health and safety in the workplace
  • Confirming work activities and resources for an occupational work area in the workplace
  • Developing and maintaining good occupational working relationships in the workplace
  • Confirming the occupational method of work in the workplace
  • Setting Up and Using Transportable Cutting and Shaping Machines in the workplace

Optional - choose one from:

  • Maintaining non-structural or structural components in the workplace
  • Erecting complex roof structure accessing components in the workplace

Bench Joinery:

  • Conform to Health and safety in the workplace
  • Confirming work activities and resources for an occupational work area in the workplace
  • Developing and maintaining good occupational working relationships in the workplace
  • Confirming the occupational method of work in the workplace
  • Setting up and using transportable cutting and shaping machines in the workplace

Optional - choose one from:

  • Setting up and using fixed machinery in the workplace
  • Producing setting out details for bespoke bench joinery products

Diploma Level 3 courses:

  • Carry out safe working practices in construction
  • Knowledge of: information, quantities and communicating with others
  • Building methods and construction technology
  • Install complex first fixing, Second fixing and structural components
  • Manufacture complex Bench Joinery products
  • Technical drawing
  • Functional Skills in Maths and English
  • Knowledge questions and a practical phase tests are also part of the qualification framework

Entry requirements

You will be required to have 5 GCSEs grades A*-C including GCSE maths and English or an appropriate Level 2 qualification (at a merit if graded) and a satisfactory school report.

It would be helpful to have Standard Grades in technology subjects or Skills for Work Construction Crafts qualification so that you can do the necessary calculations, measurements and theory.

However, there are a number of ways for you to enter an Apprenticeship programme. You could progress on to one from any of these routes:

  • GCSEs achieved in school or college
  • Experience Construction Initiative
  • Pathways to Construction
  • Young Apprenticeship Scheme in Construction (14-16)
  • Construction and Built Environment Diploma (14-19)
  • Functional Skills in English and Maths
  • Key Skills in Application of Number and Communication
  • Foundation Learning Tier (a craft occupation at Level 1)
  • Women and Work Sector Pathways initiative (W&WSPI)
  • Construction Youth Trust which supports young people's journey to work
  • Skills for Work Construction Crafts courses
  • National Progression Award (prevocational or pre-apprenticeship courses) at college
  • Get Ready for Work or Training for Work programmes
  • Projects like Youth build which support young people's journey to work.

You'll also need to have a suitable level of physical fitness to do some jobs as they involve moving and handling resources, placing and fixing materials.

Future opportunities

A Level 3 Apprentice could continue to higher education at college or university.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 15 April 2016
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