Wood Occupations Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3 at Bishop Auckland College
Apprenticeships are practical hands on programmes designed to provide you with relevant, practical training, which will enable you to progress within your chosen industry. As an apprentice you will be paid a minimum of 2.68 an hour if you are under 19 or over 19 and still in the first year of your apprenticeship programme. You will be employed between 30 and 40 hours a week. If you like making things and enjoy working with wood, this could be an ideal apprenticeship for you. Carpenters and joiners make and install wooden fixtures and fittings as part of construction projects. 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. A Site Joiner will cut and shape timber for floorboards, skirting boards, window frames, make and assemble doors, staircases, roof joists, roof timbers, partition walls, etc for shops, hotels, banks, offices and public buildings as well as construction sites. Within the level 3 apprenticeship there is an element of supervisory skills required and the apprentice needs to be able to calculate prices of work for customers and work out how much materials need to be ordered.
You will be required to complete the NVQ and Diploma in Joinery (Site) as well as completing Employment Rights and Responsibilities and Personal Learning and Thinking Skills. If it is required, you will also need to complete Functional Skills in Mathematics and English. You will be allocated an assessor who will visit you in your work place to provide support with the NVQ and you will attend Bishop Auckland College 1 day a week to complete theory work.
You will gain a nationally recognised qualification as well as developing on the job skills and improving your career prospects.
What can I do when I finish?
Progress into a career as a: Joiner General Construction Operative; Property Maintenance / Restoration Person; Site Manager; Estimator; Contracts Manager; Quantity Surveyor. Many carpenters and joiners are self-employed. You could also find work with large construction companies, local authorities, shopfitting firms, or in set-building for theatre and television.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bishop Auckland College directly.