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Apprenticeship Standard: Site Carpenter L2

The Level 2 Apprenticeship in Site Carpentry involves carrying out skilled work, primarily using timber products on a construction site but also in a workshop, creating and installing building components. The programme has a great balance of on-site industry experience and taught content at College.

Why Choose This Course?

Site Carpenters will invariably work on a building site or in domestic and commercial premises preparing and fixing building components from the initial erection of a new building through to the installation of all necessary fixtures and fittings, as well as a range of repair and maintenance activities. The Level 2 Apprenticeship is designed to enable those who are employed as Site Carpenter Apprentices to gain a formal qualification at College while working. This Level 2 Apprenticeship will suit individuals who are starting a role as a Site Carpenter or within a construction environment, offering a practical approach and a solid platform for anyone wishing to develop in this career path.

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Start date: 21/10/2024

Course code
Level 2
Penwith College
2 years 3 months

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Learn from sector experts

You will be taught by staff with extensive experience who will advance your knowledge and skills to meet the expectations of the construction industry.


Enjoy professional environments

Enjoy workshops that replicate the world of work within industry, kitted out with tools and materials which meet those used on site.


Develop skills in line with industry needs

Learn skills that are required in industry, enhancing not only your knowledge and practical ability but also your future employability.

What Will I Learn?

The programme is broken down into modules of delivery which are covered within industry with your employer and during your time at College. The curriculum is divided into a few categories. An example of what you will be covering is detailed below:


  • The principles of health, safety and welfare and how these are applied in the workplace.
  • How to communicate with others and comply with instructions and directions.
  • The different techniques and methods used to move, handle and store materials.
  • How to interpret and use relevant product information and specifications.
  • Responsibilities under current employment and safety legislation, such as The Health & Safety at Work Act.
  • How to calculate quantity, length, area and wastage of resources.
  • The needs of other workers and how to work effectively with others.
  • The characteristics, quality, uses, sustainability, limitations and defects associated with timber and timber-based products and components, such as hardwood, softwood, MDF and other materials.


  • Work safely and be aware of key health, safety and welfare issues.
  • Plan and carry out their work to commercial standards of quality and speed.
  • Move, handle and store resources, such as materials and timber components, complying with relevant legislation and guidance.
  • Interpret and follow verbal and written work instructions from trade supervisors and site managers.
  • Select the required materials to carry out the work, such as correct timber, tools and fixings.
  • Access, interpret and use drawings and specifications to carry out their work.
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Where Will It Take Me?

This qualification will allow you to progress on to employment enhancing the skills and knowledge that you have gained at Level 2, or to progress on to a Level 3 Apprenticeship in Carpentry. Achievement of this qualification demonstrates to an employer that you have the necessary skills and knowledge they are looking for when recruiting.

This may be working for a house building company, a property development company or working as part of a small business repairing and refurbishing buildings.

Entry Requirements

For entry to this programme you will need a Grade 2 in English and Maths GCSE. You must have a keen interest in construction and a good work ethic. You must be able to work alone and as part of a team and demonstrate commitment to the course.

Assessment Arrangements

The employer, in consultation with the training provider, will make the judgement as to whether the Apprentice is ready for end-point assessment through the achievement of a Level 2 English and Mathematics qualification. On conclusion that the assessment gateway requirements have been achieved, you will be able to proceed to the end-point assessment stage of the Apprenticeship. It is expected that you will complete the assessment gateway requirements within three months of your planned Apprenticeship completion.

Your end-point assessment will consist of the following measures of knowledge and competence:

  • Knowledge Test
  • Practical Assessment

Additional Information

We provide all of the tools and materials for the course, however you will be responsible for your own PPE and will be required to come equipped with a pair of steel toe capped boots and a pair of safety glasses.

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What you could earn

  • Quantity Surveyors
  • Chartered Surveyors
  • Architects
  • Production Managers and Directors in Construction
  • Construction and Building Trades Supervisors
  • Elementary Construction Occupations
  • Construction Operatives
  • Rail Construction and Maintenance Operatives
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