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Bench Joinery Apprenticeship

  • Subject Area: Carpentry & Joinery
  • Attendance: Apprenticeship
  • Qualification: Level 2 NVQ Diploma & Level 3 NVQ Diploma
  • Course Start: September (start dates flexible through the year subject to availability)
  • Course Length: Level 2 - 2 years Level 3 - 13 months
  • Location: North Street Campus
  • Cost: Your employer will pay the costs associated with an Apprenticeship.

Course Dates

Courses run frequently subject to demand


You could progress from a level 2 to a level 3 qualification. There is also the opportunity to progress into higher education at the College.



All applicants will be required to pass an assessment.

You must have acheived the Level 2 NVQ Diploma to commence the Level 3 NVQ Diploma.

You must be employed within the trade area to be able to undertake this Apprenticeship course.  


What's it all about?

This Bench Joinery Apprenticeship is available to school leavers, those aged 16-18 and adults.

Bench Joiners are based in a workshop and produce timber products such as doors, window frames, staircases and cabinets. They use traditional woodworking tools as well as specialised power or hand tools for cutting, shaping, smoothing and finishing.

What skills and qualities do I need?

  • A careful, methodical and accurate approach to your work
  • The ability to follow drawings, plans and written or spoken instructions
  • A creative eye

How much could I earn?

Qualified bench joiners earn between £18,000 and £25,000 a year. With experience, this can rise from £26,000 to over £30,000 a year. 

What would I learn at College?

  • How to set out jobs full size and create cutting lists
  • How to mark out and cut traditional joints
  • How to manufacture various joinery components e.g. window frames, doors and staircases in softwood and hardwood
  • How to calculate and cost materials
  • How to set up and use a range of hand and power tools and woodworking machinery

No matter what level you are currently working at, you will be expected to further your skills in English and maths.

Further Information

You should be aged 16 or over and ideally already be employed or have secured a work placement, however we may be able to help you with this.

To search and apply for apprenticeship vacancies visit the apprenticeship vacancy website.


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