Carpentry and Joinery Apprenticeship Standard Level 2

Start Date
Course Course
Construction & Building Trades
City Campus

About this Course

This course is for recent entrants to the sector as well as experienced candidates to progress in their career in carpentry and joinery. Join us at City campus to develop the practical skills and technical knowledge required to work in the Construction Industry as a carpenter or joiner. You will primarily learn in the workplace with an employer, but you will also attend college for a week periodically throughout the year to build on the knowledge and skills you have learned with you employer.

Key Units

Level 2 Extended Diploma Units

There are 4 mandatory units in the Diploma:
  • Health, Safety and Welfare in Construction
  • Principles of Building Construction, Information and Communication
  • Maintaining and Using Carpentry and Joinery Hand Tools
  • Set up and Operation of a Circular Saw

Site Carpentry Route
  • Preparing and Using Carpentry and Joinery Portable Power Tools
  • Producing Woodworking Joints
  • Carrying Out First Fix Flooring and Roofing
  • Carrying Out First Fix Frames, Partitions and Stairs
  • Carrying Out Second Fixing Operations
  • Carrying Out Carpentry Maintenance

Bench Joinery Route
  • Preparing and Using Carpentry and Joinery Portable Power Tools
  • Producing Woodworking Joints
  • Producing Setting Out Details for Bench Joinery Products
  • Marking Out From Setting Out Details for Bench Joinery Products
  • Manufacturing Bench Joinery Products

Level 2 NVQ Units
You will complete 3 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

You will also take additional units in either the Site Carpentry or Bench Joinery route, depending on the type of work you are carrying out with your employer.

Entry Requirements

  • 4 GCSEs at grade D or above (or equivalents)
  • Existing employment / experience within the industry

If you are not already employed within the industry you will need to find a suitable employer to complete your apprenticeship with.


The Diploma is assessed through unit theory tests and practical end tests carried out in the college workshop.

For the NVQ, assessment involves building a portfolio of evidence gathered in the workplace which demonstrates that apprentices cover the range of skills required for their qualification.

In addition, apprentices will be expected to complete initial assessments in English and Maths to ensure they are working at a suitable level in these subjects.

Where does this Lead

Progression routes for this apprenticeship may include:

  • Level 3 Apprenticeship in Carpentry and Joinery

Successful completion of this course also enables learners to apply for the CSCS Blue Skilled Worker card.

Future Opportunities

Future career paths may include:

  • Working as a carpenter / joiner in the construction industry
  • Working in a supervisory / managerial role in a construction environment

Tell Me More

You are encouraged to look for your own work placement. The College will help you to find a suitable placement but the emphasis is on you to find an employer. You can view our current apprenticeship vacancies here.

Please also be aware that you may be required to travel to your apprenticeship placement.

Extra Costs

You may be required to purchase PPE and tools to use at work.

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