Carpenter & Joiner

Carpenter & Joiner

Become a Carpenter or Joiner

Timber is an important part of any structure, and carpenters and joiners work together to prepare the wooden parts of a building such as floorboards, joists, roof trusses and window frames and then put them in place. Usually, a joiner will work from plans to prepare the materials; the carpenter then puts them in position. Hours of work vary, typically are Monday to Friday with overtime at weekends.

  • Good with your hands
  • Attention to detail
  • Accuracy and proficiency
  • Mathematical skills

Carpentry & Joinery is available as a study programme, part-time course or an apprenticeship. Good GCSEs are recommended for measurements and calculations. At Leeds College of Building entry is via a basic skills test or for part-time courses a relevant qualification.


Newly trained carpenters can earn in the region of £17,000 - £20,000

Trained with experience carpenters can earn in the region of £20,000 - £30,000

Senior, chartered or master carpenters can earn in the region of £30,000 - £45,000

Find the perfect career for you

There are hundreds of job roles in construction, from site work to office work or a combination of the two. Some of the many careers are listed in our careers A-Z, simply click on the letter of the career you are interested in to find out all about it.