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Wood Machining Apprenticeship

  • Subject Area: Wood Machining
  • 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 onto higher education at the College.


All applicants will be required to pass an assessment.

You must have achieved 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 Wood Machining Apprenticeship is available to school leavers, those aged 16-18 and adults.

Wood machinists manufacture components used in the furniture and construction industries. Finished products may be sold to builders' merchants, DIY stores or used by the furniture-making and construction industries. Common items that a wood machinist prepares from raw materials of timber include door and window frames, floorboards and staircases, kitchen cupboards and cabinets. 

What skills and qualities do I need?

  • A basic understanding of mathematics and calculations
  • A safe, methodical and accurate approach to your work
  • The ability to follow drawings, plans and written or spoken instructions 

How much could I earn?

Starting salaries range from £13,500 to £16,000 a year. With qualifications and experience, this can rise from £17,000 to £24,000.

What would I learn at College?

  • How to create drawings and cutting lists
  • How to use and gain competency in a range of woodworking machinery including sawing, planing, jointing, profiling and sanding machines
  • How to operate CNC and NC controlled woodworking machinery
  • How to produce and maintain wood machine tooling
  • The PUWER 98 regulations in line with the safe use of woodworking machinery

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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