Site carpentry focuses on woodwork essential to a construction site and includes fitting flooring, roofing frame installation, partition wall construction and stair building to name but a few. There is also timber frame erection, window fitting and some on-site modifications needed for structures.
We offer a range of full-time site carpentry and bench joinery qualifications to get you started on a career in wood trades in construction (see previous pages). However, if you want to earn while you learn as an apprentice, we also offer site carpentry at Level 2 and 3. You just need an employer to take you on so you can gain essential work experience while studying at college one day per week to gain your qualification.
This Level 3 programme allows you to further your career by gaining an advanced apprenticeship qualification and work and earn at technician level.
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You have completed a relevant Level 2 qualification and want to further your knowledge, preparing you for the wood occupations/construction industry.
GCSEs in English and maths at grade 4 or above and a relevant construction or wood occupations Level 2 qualification.
You will gain all of the skills and knowledge to work on a range of carpentry projects including:
• Installation of windows, doors and flooring
• Timber frame erection
• Stair building
• Roofing structures
• Installing kitchens and furniture
• Making and fitting interiors (shop fitting)
Experienced carpenters can expect to earn up to £40k per year, as an apprentice you would start on the national minimum apprenticeship wage. This is a physically active job, often working outdoors in all weathers, often at height. You will be required to travel to different sites to work and often buy your own tools and equipment.
Training with expert lecturers in industry standard facilities.
University study such as our HNC or FdSc Construction & the Built Environment or a higher apprenticeship.
Careers in this industry
- Site carpenter
- Bench joiner
- Wood machinist
- Project manager
- Shop fitter
- Kitchen installer
Steve Kendall Programme Manager CarpentryOn leaving school Steve was offered an apprenticeship with a local builder, after completing the apprenticeship he became self-employed and worked as a carpenter and joiner all over Cornwall until a teaching opportunity presented itself at Cornwall College.
“I get a buzz from seeing the students we’ve trained be successful in the construction industry in both the local area and worldwide. Just seeing apprentices we’ve trained in the past bring their own apprentices to us to train, makes doing what we do very worthwhile.”
*Courses listed on this website are indicative of the subject, nature and level of study. The college reserves the right to alter specific qualifications titles, awarding bodies and levels of qualification, which can change in year. Any cost may also vary, based on personal funding eligibility.