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Apprenticeship Standard - Level 2 Carpentry and Joinery (Site Pathway)

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Course Description

A Site Carpenter will prepare and install basic building components e.g. doors, straight staircases, wall and floor units and erecting structural carpentry and roof structures on a building site or in domestic and commercial premises.

In their daily work, an employee in this occupation interacts with other construction trades such as bricklayers, plasterers and plumbers, supervisors, site management, architects, designers, contractors and customers. A Site Carpenter would generally liaise with other trades such as bricklayers, plasterers and plumbers, supervisors, site management and contractors.

This occupation is found in both the new build and refurbishment construction sector. The construction industry is central to creating the homes, schools, hospitals, energy and transport infrastructure society needs. There is growing demand for carpenters and joiners to help meet the need for new homes.

The broad purpose of the occupation is working with building materials (most often wood) to create and install building components. This typically involves shaping and cutting materials, installing finished materials like partitions, doors, staircases, window frames, mouldings, timber floor coverings and erecting structural components such as floor joists and roofs. All work needs to be carried out safely, using the appropriate tools and to the quality specified.


Level 2 Carpentry and Joinery Apprenticeship

Entry Requirements

Individual employers will identify any relevant entry requirements in terms of previous qualifications.

Initial assessment and diagnostic testing on English and maths will take place prior to commencement of the apprenticeship (Unless already achieved A-C, 4-9 GCSE or equivalent English & maths).

Apprentices without Level 1 English and Maths will need to achieve this prior to taking the end-point assessment.



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).

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

Logical thinking: use clear and valid reasoning when making decisions

Working effectively: undertake the work in a reliable and productive manner

Adaptability: be able to adjust to changes to work instructions


Progression from this apprenticeship could be into an advanced carpentry and joinery apprenticeship/position.

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.

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