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You will be taught by staff with extensive experience who have all been tradespeople themselves. You will learn to advance your knowledge and skills to meet the expectations of the construction industry with a focus on the job role of Site Carpenter.
Develop work-related skills
During your programme, you will also develop personal and work-related skills which will prepare you for progression to further studies or full-time work, following completion of your training in college.
Enjoy professional surroundings
Our Construction facilities are equipped with the latest industry-standard carpentry and joinery equipment and resources. We enjoy partnerships with many large suppliers and employers and as a result, students learn industry-standard site carpentry skills in a realistic working environment.
WHAT WILL I LEARN?
You will be taught site carpentry skills in our first-class workshops, classrooms, and IT suites, and will quickly start to build additional carpentry items and structures on your own and in small teams. Of course, it’s not all about practical skills, employers need enthusiastic and engaged employees to meet the demands of the construction industry and to help their business grow. You will therefore need to further your knowledge of how the construction industry and other trades work together and operate. This will give you the very best opportunity to progress and forge a successful and rewarding career in the construction industry.
If you are a full-time student aged 16-18, you will follow a study programme which will consist of your main Site Carpentry course, enterprise and enrichment activities, English and Maths* and work-related experience.
*Should you not achieve at least a 4 in English and Maths you will be required to continue to study these as an integral part of your course.
Units that you will study include:
- Principles of building construction, information and communication: The aim of this unit is to provide you with the knowledge of building methods and construction technology; including aspects of job roles, communication, documentation, drawings, energy efficiency, foundations, internal and external walls, floors and roofs.
- Carrying out first fix flooring and roofing: In this unit, you will learn how to accurately construct roofing structures with verge and eaves finishes, floor joists and floor coverings.
- Carrying out first fix frames, partitions, and stairs: In this unit you will learn how to fit and fix staircases, stud partitions, frames, and linings to industrial standards.
- Carrying out second fixing operations: This unit will enable you to learn and apply knowledge to the installation of doors and furniture, mouldings, and service encasements.
- Carrying out carpentry maintenance: This unit will give you the knowledge to repair, replace and fix mouldings, doors, windows, guttering, downpipes, and also with the installation of sash chords.
- Setting up and operating a circular saw: in this unit you will learn how to set up, maintain and operate a circular saw. You will produce timber and timber-based products during you studies of this unit.
- Health, safety, and welfare in construction Within this unit you will learn about health and safety regulations, roles and responsibilities, accident and emergency reporting procedures and documentation. Together with hazards, health and welfare in the workplace, it also covers working at height, working with electrical equipment and fire emergency procedures.
WHERE WILL IT TAKE ME?
Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to progress onto a level 3 Diploma in either Site Carpentry, which requires a further year of study. Alternatively, you could progress onto an Apprenticeship in Carpentry and Joinery working with a local employer and earning while you learn.
There are many opportunities for skilled Carpenters and Joiners in the building industry, working for large and small companies or in self-employment. Further study will enable you to work towards more senior roles within the construction industry such as a Working Foreperson, Assistant Site Manager, Site Manager, Quantity Surveyor, Architect, Clerk of Works, Building Surveyor.
Site carpentry practical coursework will be assessed through set practical tasks in the workshops. Your knowledge will be assessed through internally set test papers and externally set online exams.
A grade 2 or equivalent in GCSE Maths and English language or literature is required. Should you not achieve this you should still apply as each applicant will be invited to attend an interview with the course manager, all successful candidates will gain a place on the programme. A keen interest in the role of the site carpenter will be advantageous in pursuing this rewarding and well-paid career.
Information & Support
The student support team is there to support you and offer advice and guidance on financial, personal and pastoral issues. A professional team of staff will work together with your personal tutor to support you in successfully completing your course and pursuing pathways to progression as a Site Carpenter.
You will be taught Site Carpentry through a blended learning approach; incorporating taught practical and theory sessions, workplace learning, assessments, and online learning. One-to-one support, tuition and advice are available from our team of experienced and qualified tutors, assessors and advisors who will be integral to your programme of study.
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