West Thames College London

Apprenticeship in Site Carpentry - Advanced

Carpentry deals with the installation of doors, windows and floors within commercial and domestic environments. On this apprenticeship you will develop skills in areas such as first and second fix joinery and roof structures using specialist machinery, building methods and technical drawing. You will also learn to uphold safe working practices. With further training it is possible to specialise in areas such as film set production, shop fitting and concrete mould forming.

This 24 month apprenticeship is designed for those who wish to work in the construction industry, and is perfect for anyone who wants to become a skilled craftsperson with qualities that can be transferred across many sectors.

Key course features

Qualification: Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Wood Occupations: Site Carpentry (Construction)

Level: Level 3

Mode: Part-time

Start Date: 01 August 2016

About the course
Core units include: Mandatory:
  • Conforming to general health, safety and welfare in the workplace
  • Confirming the occupational method of work in the workplace
  • Confirming work activities and resources for an occupational work area in the workplace
  • Installing first fixing components in the workplace
  • Installing second fixing components in the workplace
  • Developing and maintaining good occupational working relationships in the workplace
  • Setting up and using transportable cutting and shaping machines in the workplace.
Optional:
  • Erecting structural carcassing components in the workplace
  • Erecting complex roof structure carcassing components in the workplace
  • Maintaining non-structural carpentry work in the workplace.
You will also complete courses in:
  • Personal learning and thinking skills
  • Mathematics functional skills level 2
  • English functional skills level 2
  • Employment rights and responsibilities.
How will I be assessed?

To successfully complete the Apprenticeship, the following elements need to be achieved:

Competence Qualification: City & Guilds Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Wood Occupations (Construction) - Site Carpentry. To complete this qualification a minimum of 146 credits must be achieved. Some of the units are mandatory and some are optional and chosen with the agreement of the employer and assessor. The assessor will go through these units with you and the employer in more detail and discuss how the credits work so the qualification may be achieved successfully. The assessr will visit the workplace to assess you and ensure you meet the minimum national standards.

Knowledge Qualfication: Edexcel Level 3 Diploma in Site Carpentry (QCF). Most of the knowledge will be learnt in the classroom, some may also be delivered online and some in the workplace.

Personal Learning and Thinking Skills: Evidence will be collected to show that the following skills have been acquired:

  • Creative thinking
  • Independent enquiry
  • Reflective learning
  • Self-management
  • Teamwork
  • Effective participation.
It is necessary to keep an ongoing reflective journal for the duration of the course to demonstrate these skills.

Transferable skills qualifications:

  • Mathematics Functional Skills Level 2
  • English Functional Skills Level 2

Employment Rights and Responsibilities (ERR)
The ERR (Employment Rights and Responsibilities) programme is now covered by the online e-learning found on the Instructus website.

Where next?

Carpentry and joinery skills are much in demand. Men and women with these skills have the chance to work as shopfitters, furniture makers, set carpenters, kitchen  fitters, or building within the commercial sector, whether you wish to work for an established company or set up your own business. You may also wish to consider working as a royal engineer, carrying out site carpentry tasks in military environments within the UK or overseas.

On successful completion of the Advanced Apprenticeship, it is possible to gain further qualifications such as a HNC/HND or Foundation Degree in subjects such as Construction Management or Conservation and Restoration. Alternatively it is possible to have a varied career working on new builds, refurbishments or in specialist areas. After gaining work experience in the chosen occupational area there are also opportunities to progress into occupational work supervision, management or technical support areas.

Entry requirements

For the Advanced Apprenticeship programme, you should be 16 years or older and working in the industry, such as on a domestic or commercial construction site, in a joiners shop or as a shopfitter.

You should have a Level 2 qualification in Carpentry and Joinery and at least 3 GCSEs at grade C or above, including maths and English language and/or significant experience working in the industry.

Fees
How to apply?

Please view our current live vacancies and apply today.

Alternatively to register your interest in this apprenticeship click on the button below and complete the form.

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