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Construction Building Pathway 4: Wood Occupations (Carpentry and Joinery)

Programme Overview:

Carpenters are skilled manual workers who build and install structures made out of wood, woodsubstitutes and other strong materials, including steel and concrete.

There are two main types of carpentry: ‘Construction’ and ‘Finishing’. Construction carpenters work outside on construction sites, erecting the supporting frames for bridges, roads, dams and buildings. Finishing carpenters work inside commercial and residential buildings, installing final touches such as doors, ceilings, staircases and cabinets.

Typical responsibilities include:

  • Preparing wood and wood-substitutes to be cut by measuring and marking them according to instructions from a supervisor or a blueprint
  • Cutting the materials and shaping/smoothing them using specialist tools
  • Joining the prefabricated materials according to the design plan, using nails, screws and glues
  • Installing the product on site
  • Checking that the work is accurately finished, using levels or surveying equipment
  • Making repairs and restoring damaged parts
  • Carpenters may also be required to dismantle temporary structures.

Job Roles

Level 2 Intermediate:

Site carpenter:

Working on a construction site or in domestic and commercial premises, to given specifications, carrying out site carpentry to first and second fixing (door frames, hanging doors, boxing pipes, window frames and floor joists)

Qualifications

Level 2 Intermediate:

  • Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Wood Occupations-Site carpentry (Construction)
  • Level 2 Diploma in Site Carpentry
  • Level 1 Functional Skills in English
  • Level 1 Functional Skills in Maths
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