Become a Joiner

Joiners work with wood to create staircases, windows and doors, furniture, kitchens, cupboards and interior woodwork.

Joiners work mostly in workshops or factories but can go out to fit on-site, such as a staircase or cupboards into a house. Joiners have varied and creative careers. They make items that are practical or beautiful – or both – for our homes, workplaces and public places.

  • Creative
  • Communication skills
  • Practical skills
  • Attention to detail

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 joiners can earn £17,000 - £20,000

Trained joiners with some experience can earn £20,000 - £30,000

Senior joiners can earn £30,000 - £40,000

Self-employed joiners set their own pay rates

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.