Level 2 Carpentry and Joinery Apprenticeship Standard Site Carpentry

Entry Requirements

You will need to have 4 GCSEs at grades 3-2 (D-E) including maths and English.

In addition, you will need to have an employer who is able to support you as an apprentice. Your employer must be able to demonstrate that they meet the requirements of the Apprentice Framework/Standard with their scope of work.

If not already achieved, the apprentice will have to achieve Level 1 English and maths and take the test for level 2 prior to taking their end-point assessment.

What's Involved

Carpentry and joinery is a core trade within construction, especially in the house-building sector. As demand for new homes continues, so does the demand for carpentry and joinery. Apprentices entering the construction industry as a carpenter or joiner may choose to work as a self-employed tradesperson or gain a CSCS card to work on a construction site, where they could then progress to a site supervisor or manager.

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

On completion of this apprenticeship, carpentry and joinery apprentices will be able to carry out all the activities undertaken by a carpenter and joiner, but also to work safely, develop communication with others, interpret specifications and carry out related tasks.

It provides the skills and underpinning knowledge for Carpentry & Joinery and includes an end-test at the end of the apprentices The occupation involves carrying out skilled work, primarily using timber products, either on a construction site, or in a workshop, creating and installing building components. This is a core and options apprenticeship, with two pathways:

Pathway 1: 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.

Pathway 2: An Architectural Joiner will normally be employed in a workshop producing timber based building components and other architectural products, such as doors, windows, units and staircases, which are then transported to construction sites to be installed by site carpenters.

An apprenticeship with a construction firm is a good way into the industry.

Apprenticeships are open to anyone over the age of 16. As an apprentice, you will be fully employed by your company and expected to work a minimum of 30 hours a week. Your time will be split between on-the-job experience and your college.

A construction apprenticeship usually lasts between 2 and 4 years depending on what level of qualification you're studying for. During this time, you will be allocated an Assessor to support and guide you through your training programme.

If you are already with an employer, then an Apprenticeship is an ideal work-based learning qualification. It is an ideal way for you to ‘earn whilst you learn!’

Most apprentices follow a Traditional Apprenticeship route, which combines college attendance with learning on site.

Throughout your apprenticeship you will get:

- On the job training – this is structured and agreed with your employer to ensure you learn the right skills, this is typically 4 days per week.

- Apprentices need to complete 20% off-the-job training during on-programme and specific rules govern this vital element.

Attend college typically 1 day per week, to develop knowledge, skills and behaviours within Carpentry and Joinery including:

Apprentices will learn techniques and measures required in carpentry and joinery and by the end of the apprenticeship should demonstrate:

- health and safety

- effective communication

- effective team work

- interpret and follow verbal written work instructions

- calculate quantity, length, area and wastage of resources.

If not already achieved, the apprentice will have to achieve Level 1 English and maths and take the test for level 2 prior to taking their end-point assessment.

Typical completion time is likely to be 24 months.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Health and safety are of paramount importance in the construction industry and we place a great emphasis on this part of your education. If you enrol on, and undertake any course in the construction department you will be required to provide and wear at all times (in the college site area) mandatory PPE as follows:

- Approved protective footwear with ankle support (Rigger type boots are not allowed)

- Approved hi-visibility vest.

It is also expected that you will attend college in suitable work wear / clothes; it will be possible to order this directly with suppliers during college enrolment

Course Assessment Method

You will be assessed through a series of:

- Online Multiple choice exams

- Written assessments

- Practical assessments

- Development of a portfolio of work.

Within this apprenticeship Standard to will complete:

- NVQ Level 2 in Wood Occupations

On-programme is the learning phase for apprentices to pick up the skills, knowledge and behaviours set out in the standard. Apprentices need to complete 20% off-the-job training during the on-programme phase of their apprenticeship which must take place in the apprentice’s contracted hours.

The apprentice must also complete a portfolio of evidence during their on-programme learning.

If not already achieved, the apprentice will have to achieve Level 1 English and maths and take the test for level 2 prior to taking their end-point assessment.

You will also undertake an End Point Assessment (EPA).

To move on to end-point assessment, the apprentice must complete the NVQ and show evidence of the relevant carpentry and joinery knowledge, skills and behaviours as set out in the standard.

The apprentice will also need to achieve maths and English (Level 1) and take the test for Level 2.

EPA is the final stage that an apprentice goes through to complete their apprenticeship. The apprentice must show their learning to an independent end-point assessor and the overall grades available are pass, merit, distinction and fail. Assessment events are:

Multiple Choice Test

- A 45-minute test with 35 questions designed to assess the apprentice’s understanding of the core and specific knowledge and behavioural requirements.

Delivered in a controlled invigilated environment approved by the independent end-point assessment organisation.

One-day practical test:

- A supervised test marked by an independent assessor, approved and moderated by the independent end-point assessment organisation.

During the test, the apprentice completes a practical activity, including oral questioning where required (to ensure the apprentice has the skills, supporting knowledge and behaviours required for the chosen job role). The test for both pathways will take a minimum of six hours to complete.

What's Next

On completion of this standard, some apprentices may progress onto the Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship Standard in Carpentry and Joinery, or secure employment as a Site Carpenter or Architectural Joiner.

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.

Once you complete and achieved your level 2 apprenticeship, you can alternatively progress onto to higher education at college or university, such as undertaking the level 4 HNC in Building Studies.

What if I Need Support

Here at the college we have outstanding support. Our support staff are dedicated to providing you with all the help and guidance you may need throughout your college journey.

You might need help and advice on a wide range of issues such as childcare, counselling and additional learning support. For more information on any aspect of student support contact the Course and Information Team, who will direct your call to the appropriate member of the college support team, call: 01325 503030.

What does it Cost?

This course is fully funded for those aged 16-18, however there may be an employer contribution for those aged 19+. Employers needing further details on costs and available government funding options should contact the Business Development Team on 01325 503210 or email business@darlington.ac.uk.

Course Information
Qualification Type: Generic code to identify ILR programme aims
Level: Level 2
Awarding Body: City & Guilds
Academic Year: 21/22
Start Date: August 2021

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