Bench Joiners are based in a workshop and produce timber products such as doors, window frames, staircases and cabinets. As an apprentice, you will learn how to use traditional woodworking tools as well as specialised power or hand tools for cutting, shaping, smoothing and finishing. You can progress on to level 3 courses after completion of this apprenticeship.
An apprenticeship is a job with training. You will be employed at least 30 hours a week, with 80% of your working hours in your day-to-day role, and the remaining 20% of your time engaged in training or study.
What You'll Learn
On completion of this apprenticeship, carpentry and joinery workers will be able to:
– Work safely and be aware of key health, safety and welfare issues.
– Plan and carry out their work to commercial standards of quality and speed.
– Move, handle and store resources, such as materials and timber components, complying with relevant legislation guidance.
– Interpret and follow verbal and written work instructions from trade supervisors and site managers.
– Select the required materials to carry out the work, such as correct timber, tools and fixings.
– Access, interpret and use drawings and specifications to carry out their work.
– Carry out a range of job tasks including drawing, measuring, marking out, fitting, finishing, positioning and securing.
– Produce setting out details for the manufacture of doors, windows and opening lights, units and stairs.
– Mark out timber from setting out details for the manufacture of doors, windows and opening lights, units and/or fitments and staircases.
– Create, fit and assemble components to manufacture doors, windows with opening lights, units and/or fitments and staircases.
– Use, maintain and store specific architectural joinery tools and equipment, such as marking and testing tools, power tools and hand tools.
How you will be assessed
End-point assessment (EPA) is the final stage that an apprentice goes through to complete their apprenticeship. The apprentice must show their learning to an independent end-point assessor and the grades available are distinction, pass or fail.
The assessment includes an interview discussion, practical assessment and knowledge test.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) at all times at college and in the workshop.
If the course is longer than one year the total fees are for the first year only and further fees may apply in future years. All fees are based on a ‘home’ learner status. Please contact us for information on overseas fees.
For more information, please see our course fee disclaimers page.
Course and Career progression
On completion of this standard, some apprentices may progress onto the Advanced Apprenticeship Standard in Carpentry and Joinery, higher level courses in leadership and management, or secure employment as a Bench/Architectural Joiner. The achievement of this standard will meet the requirements of the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) ‘Skilled Worker’ standard, which is widely accepted in the sector as a license to operate in a skilled construction trade.
What Happens Next
You can express your interest for this apprenticeship by completing a Leicester College application form or alternatively you can apply for one of our live apprenticeship vacancies via the College website. Our apprenticeships can also be found on the government’s apprenticeship site, gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship. As with any other job application, if you are shortlisted then you will be invited for an interview at the employer’s premises. You can apply for as many apprenticeship vacancies as you want.