An Apprenticeship is a mixture of work based and college training; you’ll earn money while you learn a trade.

All of our Apprenticeships are industry approved to ensure you gain the skills you will need throughout a sustained career.The Carpentry apprenticeship scheme will qualify you as a professional Carpenter as well as giving you the option to gain further industry recognised qualifications or progress to advanced level.On Site provides all apprentices with personal protective equipment and a tool kit before you get started.

A Carpentry apprenticeship typically lasts a minimum of 2 years.You will be involved with the building process from start to finish.

Often carpenters specialise in one particular area – for example, they may be specialists in fitting joists, roofing and stud partitioning (first fix) or hanging doors, door frames (architraves) and window frames (second fix).Other tasks include building the roofs or fitting a staircase, skirting boards or installing a kitchen.A Carpentry job would suit a hands-on person who is careful and methodical and is good at planning out their work to exact measurements.

The woodworking industry is extremely diverse. In has a number of occupations, some site-based, others in a workshop, and like every business has the day-to-day occupations like management, accounts, marketing, sales etc. The industry is predominently made up of SME businesses, but there are some large players too.

Often when people think of ‘woodworking’ they think of a carpenter. Here are some of the main ‘craft/skilled’ occupations within the woodworking sector:

  • Carpenter – will work on construction sites, private housing etc fitting products made by a joiner (see below), such as windows, doors, staircases and internal and architectural joinery. They may also construct some products  on-site, although most products are now made and fully-finished in a joinery manufacturers.
  • Joiner/Bench Joiner – will work mainly in a workshop and will make windows, doors stairs and other products made of wood. They use a range of hand tools and industrial woodworking machinery and will also fully-finish products with materials like paints, wood coatings, glazing and sealants. Some joiners, particularly in smaller firms, may also go onto site and fit the products they make.
  • Woodmachinist – will work only in a workshop and will produce components for joinery products. More and more companies are now using computerised machines too, and the machinist will be responsible for both programming using Computer Aided Design (CAD) and operating the machine. While learning wood machining, you will go in much more depth and cover more machines than in Bench Joinery.