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Apprenticeship Construction Building - Wood Machining route at Stoke on Trent College

Course description

As an Apprentice Wood Machinist you will receive training in a variety of areas in the wood machinery industry. This is a highly skilled job which will involve setting up and operating a wide range of woodworking machinery and equipment. Apprentices will also have to complete a Functional Skills which includes numerical skills and communication techniques.

Course content

The Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Wood machining (Construction/Sawmilling Extrusion). It has been designed to develop and recognise skills, knowledge and competence so that you can work in Wood machining (Construction/Sawmilling Extrusion). The Diploma consist of 8 mandatory units with one option:-Health, safety and welfare in construction and associated industries Knowledge of technical information, quantities and communication with others Knowledge of construction technology Produce jointed wood and wood-based products Produce planed wood and wood-based products Produce profiled wood and wood-based products Produce sawn wood and wood-based products Mark out from setting out details for routine joinery products Option 1 Produce and maintain wood machining tooling Option 2 Produce wood and wood based products using computer numerically controlled (CNC) machineryThe NVQ consists of :- four mandatory units with two options:- Conforming to General Health, Safety and Welfare in the Workplace- Conforming to Productive Working Practices in the Workplace- Moving, Handling and Storing Resources in the Workplace- Producing Sawn Wood and Wood-based Products in the Workplace.Option list is very comprehensive and enquiry’s are to be made as to its suitability for each candidate.

Entry requirements

You must be 16 years old or above on entry with a minimum of 2 GCSE grade C or above qualifications. You will need to show enthusiasm, commitment and interest in the subject area. You will need to be employed in the industry.


Practical sessions with set synoptic assessments. Technology sessions with on line lead body end of unit multi choice questions. Functional skills Maths and English externally set examinations online or paper based.

Future opportunities

This course can lead to further study and careers in the industry. The College is currently looking to introduce a follow on Level 3 course, however candidates can already progress onto the Level 3 bench work award with the appropriate mapping of skills already accredited.

Further information

College policy of PPE for all workshop sessions i.e.Steel toe caped footwearHi vis vest (as required)Hearing protection providedEye protection providedA strict no phone policy in the workshopPen, pencil, note pad USB stick as requiredA good work ethic to motivate yourself and to progress.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Stoke on Trent College directly.

Last updated date: 21 January 2016
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