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Apprenticeship in Construction (Joinery) - Level 2 Intermediate at PM Training

Course description

This course is for those employed in the Construction trade as a Bench Joiner. You will attend college one day a week to complete the underpinning knowledge and portfolio building to compile the evidence you need for the Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Bench Joinery. You will also study Functional Skills in English and Maths as part of the course and be required to complete an Employment Rights and Responsibilities work booklet to be awarded the full Level 2 Apprenticeship Framework Certificate

Course content

The apprenticeship is made up of the following elements: •NVQ 2 in Bench Joinery •Level 2 Diploma in Bench Joinery •Employment Rights and Responsibilities (ERR) •Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS) •Functional Skills in English and Maths English and Maths are an essential part of your studies and will help you succeed on your course. These subjects will help you develop confidence and are the key employability skills that all employers now look for when recruiting

Entry requirements

You will need to demonstrate you have the understanding and skills to begin the apprenticeship. You need to show that you are committed, and aware of your responsibilities to both yourself and the Company you work for.


Each unit is continually assessed. You will present evidence of competence via practical assessments and the production of a personal portfolio.

Financial information

Apprentice pay does vary, the government min of rate of pay is £3.30 but the many employers choose to pay more than this. The National Minimum Wage rate per hour depends on the age of the employee and whether they are an apprentice - they must be at least school leaving age to be eligible. Please see below important information relating to National Minimum Wage changes and apprentice wages that came into effect from 1st October 2015. The National Minimum Wage rate per hour depends on the age of the employee and whether they are an apprentice - they must be at least school leaving age to be eligible. From 1 October 2015: the adult rate will increase by 20 pence to £6.70 per hour the rate for 18 to 20 year olds will increase by 17 pence to £5.30 per hour the rate for 16 to 17 year olds will increase by 8 pence to £3.87 per hour the apprentice rate will increase by 57 pence to £3.30 per hour for apprentices in their first year of their apprenticeship. All other apprentices are entitled to the National Minimum Wage for their age.

Future opportunities

The course offers you a specialist work-based qualification to support a career in wood work or to progress onto further education to study an NVQ level 3 in Wood Operations or related subjects. With further training, you could continue to develop your career in wood operations by working as a Carpenter or Professional Wood Restorer. The course is work based which means you can earn and learn at the same time whilst developing the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers in the craft and design industries are looking for.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact PM Training directly.

Last updated date: 03 November 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Throughout the year
  • Duration: Flexible 12-24 months
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  • Number of planned places: 60


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    • PM Training Newcastle is a purpose built construction centre where we deliver Pre-Apprenticeship and Apprenticeship training to those wishing to pursue a career in:

      Joinery, Painting and Decorating, Brickwork, Groundwork, Flooring, Fenestration (Glazing Industry), Horticulture, Plastering and Maintenance Trades