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Intermediate Apprenticeship (Level 2) or Advanced Apprenticeship (Level 3) in Wood Occupations.

Entry requirements

To start the course you must be employed in a relevant role for a minimum of 30 hours per week.

In addition, for the Intermediate Apprenticeship (Level 2) you will have a minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade D or above to include English and Maths (grade 3+). You must have completed the Intermediate Apprenticeship (Level 2) before starting the Advanced Apprenticeship (Level 3).


The Intermediate Apprenticeship takes two years to complete.
The Advanced Apprenticeship takes one year to complete.

Apprentices attend College on block release (approximately one week per month) and work for their employer the rest of the time in the first year. Bench Joiners then attend College on day release for the second year whilst site joiners continue on block release.

Why Joinery?

Practical carpentry and joinery skills are in high demand. If you want a career in the joinery trade then this apprenticeship is for you. The Wood Occupations Apprenticeship offers a combination of qualifications that will equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to work as a Joiner in the construction industry. Carpenters and Joiners prepare and put into place most wooden parts of buildings – from floorboards and roof trusses to expertly-crafted windows and doors.

What will I study?

Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Wood Occupations (Site or Bench)

Mandatory units:
Health, safety and welfare in construction and associated industries
Knowledge of construction technology 
Prepare and use carpentry and joinery portable power tools
Understanding information, quantities and communication with others

Optional units include:
Carry out 1st fixing of floors, stairs, and roofs etc. – Site Joinery
Draw and set out joinery items – Bench Joinery

Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Wood Occupations (Site or Bench)

Mandatory units:
Analysing technical information, quantities and communication with others 
Analysing the construction industry and built environment 
Health, safety and welfare in construction and associated industries 
Manufacture shaped joinery products 
Set and mark out for shaped joinery products 
Set up and operate woodworking machinery to create curved work

Optional units include:
Maintain and repair timber structures – Site Joinery
Make curved and shaped doors, windows and stairs – Bench Joinery

Additional study

Functional Skills in Maths and English 
Employee Rights & Responsibilities

How will I be assessed?

For the NVQ you will build up a portfolio, which is a collection of examples or evidence of your work that demonstrates your skills and ability, including a work diary, photos, statements from your employer and colleagues and examples of completed tasks. Assessment consists of practical tasks, observations, oral questioning, written questions, assignments, projects and written tests.

The Diploma is assessed using both practical and written tests.

The Functional Skills are assessed through online tests.

What could it lead to?

Many students progress from the Apprenticeship to the Advanced Apprenticeship. There is then the opportunity to progress to higher level courses such as the National Certificate or National Diploma in Construction.

York College, graded Outstanding by OFSTED, is ideally placed to support both Apprentices and businesses to successfully engage with and benefit from Apprenticeships.

To find out more about how to become an Apprentice or how to recruit an Apprentice into your business please contact York Business Development Unit:

Tel: 01904 770368
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