Course at a glance

Subject Area:

Carpentry & Joinery




Level 2 Standard

Course Start:


Course Length:

Level 2 - 2 years


North Street Campus


Funding band - £12,000
Non-levy payers will contribute 5%
Employers pay the course cost

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Course overview

This Bench Joinery Apprenticeship is available to anyone aged over 16.

Bench Joiners (or Architectural 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 apprentices need?

  • Accuracy
  • Ability to read technical drawings
  • Good with your hands
  • Attention to detail
  • Mathematical skills
  • Physically fit
  • Team working

What would apprentices learn at College?

On completion of this apprenticeship, bench joiners will have the knowledge and skills to:

  • Understand how to accurately take site and workplace dimensions
  • Understand how to form and proportion joints, such as mortice and tenon, dovetail and comb joints
  • Carry out a range of job tasks including drawing, measuring, marking out, fitting, finishing, positioning and securing
  • Produce setting out details for the manufacture of doors, windows and opening lights, units and stairs
  • Mark out timber from setting out details for the manufacture of doors, windows and opening lights, units and/or fitments and staircases
  • Create, fit and assemble components to manufacture doors, windows with opening lights, units and/or fitments and staircases
  • Use joinery tools and equipment, such as marking and testing tools, power tools and hand tools

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

Entry requirements

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. Good GCSEs are recommended and you will be required to sit a skills assessment.

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

If you are aged 16-18 and you are unable to find an apprenticeship, you can apply for a study programme and switch over at any point when you do find one.

Information for employers

If you are considering taking on an apprentice and would like to find out more about the Level 2 Bench Joinery Apprenticeship please get in touch with the Apprenticeship Team.

They will be able to advise you on the course content, offer advice for levy and non-levy payers and provide details on the end point assessment (EPA).

From 1st April 2021 all employers are required to use the government apprenticeship service to secure funding for any apprentices they wish to employ.  Apprentices will be unable to start their course at college without reserving funding. 

We can assist you with this process by providing informative emails, videos and telephone assistance, please get in touch to find out more.


0113 222 6041


Current Vacancies

Current vacancies from employers we work with will be shown here.

If none are showing, you can search and register for job alerts on the apprenticeship vacancy website.

Next steps

After completing this course there are a number of options available, depending on your final grade you could move onto the  Level 3 Bench Joinery Apprenticeship or seek permanent employment.

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