Carpentry &  joinery (Site Carpenter)
(Level 2)


24 months on programme including EPA, (£12,000)


Course overview

The occupation involves carrying out skilled work, primarily using timber products, on a construction site, creating and installing building components.


A Site Carpenter will normally work on a building site, or in domestic and commercial premises, preparing and fixing building components, from the initial erection of a new building, through to the installation of all necessary fixtures and fittings, as well as a range of repair and maintenance activities.

Course content

The apprentices will learner core skills, competencies and knowledge as well as specific site carpentry skills & knowledge:


Core Skills and Competencies

  • Work safely and be aware of key health, safety and welfare issues.
  • Plan and carry out their work to commercial standards of quality and speed.
  • Move, handle and store resources, such as materials and timber components, complying with relevant legislation & guidance.
  • Interpret and follow verbal and written work instructions from trade supervisors and site managers
  • Select the required materials to carry out the work, such as correct timber, tools and fixings.
  • Access, interpret and use drawings and specifications to carry out their work.


Core Knowledge

  • Understand the principles of health, safety and welfare and how these are applied in the workplace.
  • Understand how to communicate with others and comply with instructions and directions.
  • Understand the different techniques and methods used to move, handle and store materials.
  • Understand how to interpret and use relevant product information and specifications.
  • Understand their responsibilities under current employment and safety legislation, such as The Health & Safety at Work Act
  • Understand how to calculate quantity, length, area and wastage of resources.
  • Understand the needs of other workers and how to work effectively with others.
  • Understand the characteristics, quality, uses, sustainability, limitations and defects associated with timber and timber-based products and components, such as hardwood, softwood, MDF and other materials.


Specific Site Carpentry Skill Requirements

  • Carry out a range of job tasks including measuring, marking out, fitting, cutting, splicing, finishing, positioning and securing.
  • Install door and window frames, door and hatch linings, floor joist coverings, straight partitions and straight staircases.
  • Install doors, ironmongery, service encasements, wall and floor units and fitments, cladding and staircase components.
  • Erect inclined roofs with gables, joists, roof coverings and roof components.
  • Repair or replace frames, mouldings, doors, windows, door and window ironmongery, roofing components, guttering and downpipes and window components.
  • Use, maintain and store hand tools, power tools and associated equipment.
  • Specific Site Carpentry Knowledge Requirements
  • Understand the technical principles of site carpentry work and how these are applied to prepare and fix timber and timber- based products, erect inclined roofs, maintain and repair building components.
  • Understand how to form specific joints required for site carpentry work, such as mitres, butt and halving joints
  • Understand why, when and how health and safety control equipment should be used when undertaking site carpentry work (e.g. personal protective equipment (PPE) and respiratory protective equipment (RPE)
  • Understand how to work safely at height and use access equipment correctly.
  • Know how to use, maintain and store hand tools, power tools and associated equipment.

The learner will learn key practical skills and knowledge across mandatory and optional units that can be chosen to create a bespoke programme from some of the following:

  • 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
  • Installing First Fixing Components in the Workplace
  • Installing Second Fixing Components in the Workplace Erecting Structural Carcasses
  • Maintaining Non-structural Carpentry Work in the Workplace
  • Setting Up and Using Transportable Cutting and Shaping Machines in the Workplace
  • Installing Fire Resisting Timber Door Assemblies and Door-sets in the Workplace.


Course Delivery

The course will be completed over an 18-month period, which will include classroom day release sessions throughout the academic year. There will be on site observations to assess competence throughout the apprenticeship. An online portfolio is used for this apprenticeship.


Learners will need to evidence that 20% of their working hours are spent on off the job learning over the duration of their programme. Teaching sessions, shadowing in the workplace and time spent writing tasks all contribute to this. Off-rhe-job training is defined as learning which is undertaken outside of the normal day to-day working environment and leads towards the achievement of an apprenticeship


Entry Requirements

Typical applicants will display a good attitude, a positive approach to learning & development and a high level of ambition.


Apprentices will sit an initial assessment in both English and Maths and if they are starting the course without a GSCE grade 4 (C) or above they will need to sit Functional Skills Level 1 English and Maths, and attempt level 2 before completion of the apprenticeship.


Link to professional registration and progression

Apprentices can access a varied career working on new builds, refurbishments or in specialist areas following this apprenticeship.


This apprenticeship could enable progression to an Advanced Carpentry and Joinery Apprenticeship (level 3).


The achievement of this standard will meet the requirements of the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) ‘Skilled Worker’ standard, which is widely accepted in the sector as a ‘licence to operate’ in a skilled construction trade