Master the art of creating woodworking joints and hone your valuable craft with this hands-on, practical-based introductory course. It acts as a starting point for those with little or no experience within this field as you will be taught the basics of carpentry and joinery to build your confidence, whilst getting to grips with the skills required to make a good tradesman. You will learn a whole host of skills to help you to construct, install and repair wooden structures and fittings, including doors and windows.
This course is ideal if you have an interest in woodwork, and are looking to progress within the construction industry as a carpenter or joiner. You will gain an industry recognised qualification from City & Guilds and study in our fully kitted-out workshop complete with a wide range of tools and equipment providing you with the experience you need to begin your career.
Over the duration of this course, you will be taught a wide range of fundamental topics from our team of tutors who are all experienced carpenters and joiners with years of experience, who know the trade inside out. You will develop your skills and knowledge of this popular trade in areas such as hand tool sharpening, maintenance and usage, safe handling of power tools and woodworking joints. You will also become familiar with basic and complex woodworking joints such as dovetails and mortice and tenons. All of this is delivered in our state of the art carpentry and joinery workshop with all the necessary tools and equipment in line with industry standards, to keep you up to date with the latest techniques. You will be assessed through a range of methods including practical assessments, job-related tests and online computer-based exams.
After successfully completing this course, you will have the skills and knowledge to progress onto the Level 2 in Carpentry and Joinery, where you will refine your skills as a more experienced carpenter or joiner, or you could even pursue an apprenticeship. The construction industry is thriving and with hard work and relevance experience, you could soon be working in that practical role you've always dreamed of. Whether you decide to eventually work on a construction site, in a workshop or even start your own business, there will be plenty of opportunities waiting for you.
This course benefits from excellent employer links with a number of local and national companies including Vinci Construction, David Wilson Homes, Persimmon Homes, Taylor Wimpey and Cruden Construction. We invite them into the college to deliver fascinating guest lectures and demonstrations of new technology and equipment so that you can stay up-to-date and ahead of the game for when you want to begin your career.
You will be allocated a Progress Coach who will provide you with support to help you succeed on your study programme and onto your chosen career or progression path. We also have a team of staff dedicated to providing learning support if it is required and a welfare team that are on hand to offer guidance, support and help when needed. Additionally, eligible students can access a wide range of finance and funding support to help them during their time at college.
Studying Carpentry and Joinery with us will enable you to work towards a successful career in the construction industry whether it's with global companies, or through self-employed routes. Our expert tutors will teach you all aspects of the trade and prepare you to enter the industry as a skilled carpenter or joiner. You will also get lots of opportunities to compete in external competitions too. Each year our students bring home a host of medals from the National Skillbuild Competition, which is the biggest multi-trade competition in the UK for trainees.
There may be some additional costs associated with this course, as you will be expected to purchase your own safety footwear, college polo shirt and work trousers, which are all a mandatory requirement for all our construction courses. There may also be some additional expenditure associated with trips and visits.
You will need a minimum of four GCSEs at grade 2 or above. If you have not already achieved a grade 4 in your GCSE English and maths, you will be required to work towards either a Functional Skills qualification or a GCSE in both English and maths as part of your study programme.
Irrespective of your GCSE results, most students will start at level 1 and learn basic skills before progressing through the levels.