Carpentry Apprenticeship

Carpenter Apprenticeship

Carpentry is one of the oldest and most in-demand building skills. Apprentice carpenters use natural resources (wood/timber) to create wooden fixtures and fittings. As a carpenter, you could install doors, flooring, and furniture in new construction, restore or adapt existing structures, develop sets for film and theatre companies, and perform a variety of other things.

Responsibilities

Throughout your apprenticeship, you may help:

  • discuss plans and job instructions with clients or site managers
  • cut and shape timber for floorboards, doors, skirting boards and window frames
  • make and fit structures like staircases, door frames, roof timbers and partition walls
  • assemble fitted and free-standing furniture
  • install kitchens, cupboards and shelving
  • build wooden supports called shuttering which holds concrete that has not dried yet in place
  • fit interiors in shops, bars, restaurants, offices and public buildings
  • construct stage sets for theatre, film and TV productions.

Salary

  • Apprentice carpenters can earn in the region of £17,000 – £20,000
  • Trained with experience carpenters can earn in the region of £20,000 – £30,000
  • Senior, chartered or master carpenters can earn in the region of £30,000 – £45,000

Working hours

You will typically work 40 to 45 hours per week, occasionally working evening and weekends.

Working environment

You could work in a workshop, at a client’s business, on a construction site or at a client’s home.

Your working environment may be dusty, at height and you’ll travel often.

You may need to wear protective clothing.

Qualifications

Qualifications you can achieve as an apprentice carpenter include:

  • Level 2 Carpentry and Joinery – Entry requirements for this level include some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship. This qualification will take 24 months to complete.

Skills

On a carpentry apprenticeship, you’ll learn:

  • knowledge of building and construction
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • knowledge of maths
  • the ability to work well with others
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • the ability to use, repair and maintain machines and tools
  • the ability to work on your own
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device.

Career path and progression

With experience, you could become a site supervisor or construction project manager.

You could also move into:

  • construction estimating
  • contracts management
  • a specialist area like stage sets or heritage restoration
  • starting your own business
  • training apprentices
  • teaching at a further education college
Updated on November 21, 2022

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