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Wood Machining Apprenticeship

Course at a glance

Subject Area:

Wood Machining




Level 2 NVQ Diploma
Level 3 NVQ Diploma

Course Start:


Course Length:

Level 2 - 2 years
Level 3 - 13 months


North Street Campus

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Course overview

This Wood Machining Apprenticeship is available to anyone aged over 16.

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 cabinet furniture. 

What skills and qualities do apprentices 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.

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.

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

What would apprentices learn at College?

  • How to create drawings and cutting lists
  • How to use and gain competency in a range of woodworking machinery including sawing, planning, 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

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

Next steps

After completing this course there are a number of options available, depending on your final grade you could move onto a level 3 apprenticeship, into higher education or seek permanent employment.

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