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Apprenticeship Standard Construction - Carpentry and Joinery Site - Level 2


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  • Apprenticeships are free of charge for the learner (you are actually paid a salary!)
  • There is no upper age restriction to enrol onto an Apprenticeship programme, so long as you are 16+ years old.
  • Working hours are usually between 30-40 hours per week which includes your release to College.
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List of benefits

  • Jobseeker's Allowance
  • ESA (WRAG) (Work Related Activity Group)
  • Universal Credit (Must be unemployed and required to undertake skills training)
  • Wider Benefits – see list below

Wider benefits that are acceptable

In all cases the learner must:

  • Be unemployed (i.e. not in any paid employment)
  • Want to enter employment but need skills training to do so
  • Sign the waiver agreement confirming the above
  • Show current proof of the benefit

Attendance Allowance

Bereavement Allowance

Child Benefit

Child Tax Credit

Child's Special Allowance

Council Tax Benefit, administered by local authorities

Disability Living Allowance [Being replaced by Personal Independent Payments] (If paid to learner)

Graduated retirement benefit

Guardian's Allowance

Housing Benefit, administered by local authorities

Income Support

Pensions payable under the Industrial Death Benefit scheme

Reduced Earnings Allowance, see industrial disablement benefit above

Retirement Allowance, see industrial disablement benefit above

War Widow's pension

Widow’s pension

Widowed Parent's Allowance

Working Tax Credit. (If paid to spouse, not the learner)

Reference: Funding Rules Version 2020-21

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More information about this Course

Course Overview
The occupation involves carrying out skilled work, primarily using timber products, on a construction site. A Site Carpenter will normally 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.

What Qualifications Or Experience Do I Need?
No experience in the industry is required. Apprentices must complete, or have previously completed recognised English and Mathematics Level 1 qualification (GCSE grade 2 or above) and aspire to achieve English and Mathematics Level 2 qualifications (grade 4 or above)during the apprenticeship.

How Long Is The Course?
Duration is between 18-21 months, college attendance is block release between 11-14 weekly blocks over the duration.

Things To Consider
Generic behaviours expected to be displayed by all skilled Carpentry and Joinery workers • Effective communication: oral, written, listening, body language, presentation. • Effective team working: work effectively with others with limited supervision. • Independent working: take responsibility for completing their own work. • Logical thinking: use clear and valid reasoning when making decisions • Working effectively: undertake the work in a reliable and productive manner. • Time management: use own time effectively to complete the work on schedule. • Adaptability: be able to adjust to changes to work instructions

What Will I Learn?
Core Knowledge On completion of this apprenticeship, carpentry and joinery workers will have the following core knowledge to: • Understand the principles of health, safety and welfare and how these are applied in the workplace. • Understand how to communicate with others and comply with instructions and directions. • Understand the different techniques and methods used to move, handle and store materials. • Understand how to interpret and use relevant product information and specifications. • Understand their responsibilities under current employment and safety legislation, such as The Health & Safety at Work Act • Understand how to calculate quantity, length, area and wastage of resources. • Understand the needs of other workers and how to work effectively with others. • Understand 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. Specific Site Carpentry Knowledge Requirements On completion of this apprenticeship, site carpenters will have the occupational knowledge to: • Understand the technical principles of site carpentry work and how these are applied to prepare and fix timber and timber- based products, erect inclined roofs, maintain and repair building components. • Understand how to form specific joints required for site carpentry work, such as mitres, butt and halving joints • Understand why, when and how health and safety control equipment should be used when undertaking site carpentry work (e.g. personal protective equipment (PPE) and respiratory protective equipment (RPE). • Understand how to work safely at height and use access equipment correctly. • Know how to use, maintain and store hand tools, power tools and associated equipment

How Will I Learn?
You will learn the above skills in a combination of environments, classroom, workshop and whilst on site working as a carpenter.

How Will I Be Assessed?
Apprentices must achieve an NVQ Level 2 Diploma in Wood Occupations – Site Carpentry to demonstrate competency in their chosen occupation. Assessment will take place both during and at the end of the apprenticeship through End Point Assessment, with completion being dependent on successful achievement of the qualification elements and passing the End Point Assessment.

Where Could This Course Lead To?
On completion of this standard, some apprentices may progress onto the Advanced Apprenticeship Standard in Carpentry and Joinery, 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.

Attendance Mode
Work Based

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