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Apprenticeship Standard: Site Carpenter

Level 2 Apprenticeship Standard

Apprenticeship Standard: Site Carpenter

Level 2 Apprenticeship Standard

Course Code: APL2CA Duration: 2 Years Attendance: Apprenticeship Location: Aldershot Campus Start Date: 05/09/2022    


About the course

This occupation is found in both the new build and refurbishment construction sector. The construction industry is central to creating the homes, schools, hospitals, energy and transport infrastructure society needs. There is growing demand for carpenters and joiners to help meet the need for new homes.

The broad purpose of the occupation is working with building materials (most often wood) to create and install building components.  This typically involves shaping and cutting materials, installing finished materials like partitions, doors, staircases, window frames, mouldings, timber floor coverings and erecting structural components such as floor joists and roofs. All work needs to be carried out safely, using the appropriate tools and to the quality specified.

A Site Carpenter will prepare and install basic building components e.g. doors, straight staircases, wall and floor units and erecting structural carpentry and roof structures on a building site or in domestic and commercial premises.

In their daily work, an employee in this occupation interacts with other construction trades such as bricklayers, plasterers and plumbers, supervisors, site management, architects, designers, contractors and customers. A Site Carpenter would generally liaise with other trades such as bricklayers, plasterers and plumbers, supervisors, site management and contractors.

An employee in this occupation will be responsible for working in a team, under supervision, using machinery and tools to create structures or components from the designs, plans and specifications of architects and designers that meet the clients expectations. On site these could include roof structures, floors, partitions and second fix work such as door frames and skirting.

Who is this programme for?

The training programme is intended for new or existing staff working in a site carpentry business.

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What modules are covered?

What does the apprenticeship cover?

  • The apprenticeship is made up of Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours.
  • Knowledge is taught within college, one day every week.
  • Skills are taught within the workplace. You will need to generate a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate the following skills:
    • Identify and apply safe working practices in accordance with current legislation, health, safety and welfare regulations, Approved Codes of Practice, company guidance, site specific requirements and taking account of changing circumstances.
    • Plan and undertake work practices productively.
    • Identify and apply safe use, storage and maintenance of hand tools, power tools and equipment.
    • Correctly interpret information from drawings and specifications in various types and formats. eg electronic devices, Computer Aided Design (CAD)
    • Estimate resource quantities to carry out work eg quantity of fixings, length of timber
    • Demonstrate a range of fundamental skills including measuring, marking out, fitting, cutting, splicing, mitring, scribing, horizontal and vertical levelling (including laser levelling), finishing, positioning and securing.
    • Carry out first fixing work including install timber frames and linings, coverings, flat roof decking, install straight flights of stairs and erect timber stud partitions. Install handrails and spindles to straight flights of stairs.
    • Carry out second fixing work including install service encasement, cladding, wall and floor units and fitments, side hung doors, ironmongery and timber mouldings
    • Carry out timber stud partition work
    • Erect trussed rafter roofs, construct gables, verge and eaves.
    • Install floor joists and coverings.
  • You will be taught about expected behaviours for the industry and general employment.
  • Functional Skills Level 1 in English and Maths and an attempt at Level 2 (if required).
  • End point assessment is the final stage of your apprenticeship and you must pass this to achieve your apprenticeship. It is the chance to show the skills, knowledge and behaviours you have gained throughout your apprenticeship.

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What Next?

What are the benefits?
Apprenticeships are a proven way of increasing staff retention and productivity. 92% of employers who employ apprentices believe that Apprenticeships lead to a more motivated and satisfied workforce. Apprenticeships enable employers to recruit and train the employees to meet the specific needs of their business.

On completion of this standard, some apprentices may progress onto the Advanced Apprenticeship Standard in Carpentry, or secure employment as a Site Carpenter.

The achievement of this standard will meet the requirements of the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) ‘Skilled Worker’ standard, which is widely accepted in the sector as a ‘licence to operate’ in a skilled construction trade.

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Entry Requirements

What previous qualifications and experience will I need?

The training programme is intended for new or existing staff working in a site carpentry business. The entry criteria are staff aged 16 and over with GCSEs 3-9 in Maths and English. GCSEs will be considered along with the results of an initial assessment.

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