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Site Carpentry and Bench Joinery Intermediate Apprenticeship at Darlington College

Course description

A Construction 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
- be paid a minimum of £2.73 per hour - many Apprentices earn considerably more
- 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!’

Course content

National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) Site Route

  • Conform to Health and safety in the workplace
  • Conforming to Productive Working Practices in the Workplace
  • Moving, Handling and Storing Resources in the Workplace
  • Install 1st fixing
  • Install 2nd Fixing

Optional units - choose one from:

  • Install Structural Components
  • Maintain components

Bench Joinery:

  • Conform to Health and safety in the workplace
  • Conforming to Productive Working Practices in the Workplace
  • Moving, Handling and Storing Resources in the Workplace
  • Set out joinery components
  • Mark out components
  • Manufacture and assemble Components

Diploma Level 2 courses:

  • Carry out safe working practices in construction
  • Knowledge of: information, quantities and communicating with others
  • Building methods and construction technology
  • install routine first fixing, second fixing and structural components

Manufacture routine 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 4 GCSEs at grades D-E including maths and English 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 2 Apprentice could continue to a Level 3 qualification in your chosen trade route.

Information, Advice and Support (specific to apprenticeships)

Most Apprentices follow a Traditional Apprenticeship route, which combines college attendance with learning on site.

As part of your Apprenticeship, you will achieve an NVQ which is the main qualification to show you can do your job. You can also use this to qualify for one of the industry card schemes, which are essential for getting on site.

The following qualifications will also be part of your Apprenticeship:

  • England - NVQ Diploma, Functional or Key Skills and Employment Rights and Responsibilities

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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