advanced carpentry

Apprentices could be working on a construction site or in domestic and commercial premises, to given specifications, carrying out first and second fixing, erecting complex structural carcassing components (trussed rafter roofs, traditional cut roofs). They could be working in a joiner’s shop using drawings to produce complex wood products to given specifications, such as doors, frames, linings, staircases and hand rails. They could also be working in a joiner’s shop producing complex shop fitting components to given specifications, such as doors, frames, shop front sashes, panelling, cladding, wall and floor units. Fitting on site complex components from the joiner’s shop. They might be working in a wheelwright’s workshop independently producing complex wood and metal products to given specifications. These products include wheels, framed, panelled or curved components or structures made to a high specification using traditional or original patterns or drawings.


One day a week at our Tottenham Centre or Enfield Centre and the rest of the time working closely with an employer.

Average Duration: The apprenticeship runs for 24 months

Course Information

The Advanced Carpentry and Joinery Apprenticeship is made up of a framework which includes:

  • Wood Occupation NVQ Diploma Level 3
  • Bench Joinery Diploma Level 3
  • Maths Functional Skills Level 2
  • English Functional Skills Level 2
  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities


Students can progress on to full time employment or management/project management apprenticeships. In addition to that they could look to move in other sectors such as civil engineering.


The apprentice is expected to attend college to attain knowledge training and complete exams and complete workshop tasks. In addition to that they will also be trained by the employer and expected to complete online e-portfolio.

Entry qualifications

Applicants will be assessed and interviewed to demonstrate that they are able to cover the range required by the relevant NVQ at work. In addition, the apprentices are expected to carry out initial assessments in English and Maths where they would be expected to ideally achieve Level 2 in both subject areas. If an apprentice has GCSE grade C and above in English and Maths then they do not have to do functional skills as a part of the apprenticeship.

How to apply

You can apply through the college application. Once you have applied to the college, you will be invited for an interview at the college and also with the potential employer.

Unit Title

Mandatory Units:

  • Conforming to general health, safety and welfare in the workplace
  • Conforming to productive working practices in the workplace
  • Moving, handling and storing resources in the workplace

Sample Optional Units:

Pathway 1 – Site Carpentry:

  • Installing first fixing components in the workplace
  • Installing second fixing components in the workplace
  • Setting up and using transportable cutting and shaping machines in the workplace.

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