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Wood Occupations - Bench Joinery intermediate Apprenticeship Level 2 at PETROC

Course description

Wood Occupations includes Site Carpentry and Bench Joinery. An apprentice will also study for the Construction Diploma Level 2 and the NVQ Diploma Level 2 in Wood Occupations. The apprenticeship can be studied through day release.

During your time at college, theory sessions are taught in fully equipped classrooms with Smart Boards and other teaching and learning devices. Workshops are used to deliver the practical training.

Course content

On successful completion of this course, the apprentice can then progress to an Advanced Apprenticeship (Level 3) which will include the Construction Diploma Level 3. The framework for an Apprenticeship in Bench Joinery Level 2 includes: The NVQ Diploma Level 2 (work based), the Diploma in Bench Joinery Level 2 (college based), Functional skills in Maths and English at Level 1, ERR (Employers Rights and Responsibilities) and PLTS (Personal, Learning and Thinking Skills).

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs at Grade D or equivalent or above ideally to include Maths and English at Grade C or Level 1 course in Wood Occupations. You will need to take an SLE test during interview. You must be employed in order to start this programme. Enthusiasm for your subject and a willingness to work hard are essential.


You will receive support and 12 weekly reviews with your Placement Officer and regular NVQ assessment in the workplace. There is a theory test at the end of each unit as well as an overall end of year online test.

Future opportunities

Full completion of the qualification will allow you to progress to an apprenticeship at Level 3 in Bench Joinery or you may wish to undertake another Level 3 in the Architecture and Construction field.

Further information

Q. Does the college find me an employer?
A. No, you are responsible for finding your own work placement. We can help by following up on leads you may have and discussing Apprenticeship requirements with a prospective employer, as well as checking them for suitability.

Q. Will I get paid for working with my employer?
A. You may start initially on a work trial basis for a week or two, but once a position has been confirmed you should be paid a trainee wage; Legislation states this can be below minimum wage and tends to vary between employers. 

Q. Should my employer pay me while I am at college?
A. Yes, you will be paid for the time you are at college irrespective of whether you attend on a block or day release basis.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 17 February 2017

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