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Apprenticeship Standard Construction - Advanced Carpentry and Joinery - Level 3


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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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Course Overview
The occupation involves carrying out advanced skilled work, primarily using timber products, either on a construction site, or in a workshop, creating and installing building components. The advanced carpenter and joiner is able to undertake complex job tasks, requiring high levels of practical skills and knowledge, in addition to managing their own work and leading small teams. An Advanced Site Carpenter will normally work on a building site, or in domestic and commercial premises, preparing and installing complex and often bespoke building components e.g. high quality doors, shaped linings, staircases with turns, complex wall and floor units, erecting bespoke structural carpentry (inclined roofs and joists) and erecting complex roof structures (e.g. inclined roofs with hips, valleys and dormers).

What Qualifications Or Experience Do I Need?
Level 3 advanced apprentices will progress from a level 2 apprenticeship, or be able to demonstrate the same knowledge, skills and competency levels. Apprentices must complete, or have previously completed recognised English and Mathematics Level 2 qualification (GCSE grade 4 or above) during the apprenticeship.

How Long Is The Course?
Duration is between 15-18 months, college attendance is block release between 7-10 weekly blocks over the duration. Some national employers have a slightly different block pattern.

Aspects Of Job Role
Generic behaviours expected to be displayed by advanced Carpentry and Joinery workers • Effective communication: oral, written, listening, body language, presentation – especially in working with others. • Team work: work effectively without supervision and give leadership to others – being willing to lead a team. • Independent working: take responsibility for completing own work and monitoring the work of others. • Logical thinking: use clear and valid reasoning when making decisions and in achieving work goals with others. • Working effectively: undertake the work in a reliable and productive manner, lead others by example. • Time management: use own time effectively to complete work on schedule and support effective team working. • Adaptability: be able to implement change and adjust existing requirements to meet the work instructions.

What Will I Learn?
Core Skills and Competencies • Work safely and pro-actively in the application of good health and safety practice in their work area, to protect self and others. • Understand the programme and work schedule for their work area and plan their work accordingly. • Develop and maintain good working relationships with managers, supervisors and work colleagues. • Determine the best way of carrying out the work and ensure this is communicated clearly to colleagues. • Interpret technical specifications and ensure compliance with legislation/guidance relevant to the work being done. • Select the required quantity and quality of resources required for carrying out complex and non-standard work, including timber, tools and fixings. • Be prepared to take a lead when working in a team, especially when complex or non-standard work is involved. Core Knowledge • Understand, in more detail, the key aspects of health, safety and welfare good practice and how to apply these to create a safe and healthy working environment. • Understand how to plan and carry out work effectively, considering complex environmental and task related challenges. • Understand how to develop and maintain excellent working relationships with others. • Understand how to access data needed to plan and execute work tasks accurately, including an understanding of Building Information Modelling (BIM.) and its impact on construction projects. • Understand their broader responsibilities under current legislation and guidance in undertaking construction work. • Understand the importance of team working and being prepared to take a lead. Specific Advanced Site Carpenter Skill Requirements • Utilise a range of advanced trade skills which allow them to carry out complex carpentry work to highly skilled standards and tolerances, to include measuring, marking out, fitting, cutting, splicing, finishing, positioning and securing. • Install complex and non-standard doors and window frames, shaped door and hatch linings, partitions with openings and changes of direction and staircases with turns. • Install accessible service encasements, bespoke wall/ floor units and fitments, panelling and stair components (e.g. balustrades, handrails and spindles with turns). • Erect inclined roofs with gables, roof verges and eaves, including finishing’s, joists and roof coverings. • Repair and or replace frames, mouldings, floor or flat roof joist coverings, door and window ironmongery, window components, structural joists and rafters, window components, guttering and downpipes. Specific Advanced Site Carpenter Knowledge Requirements • Understand the technical principles of advanced site carpentry, such as effective and appropriate installation practices, being able to apply this knowledge in preparing and fixing complex, non-standard timber-based products and components, such as erecting inclined roofs, making, assembling and erecting complex roof structures, including hip and dormer cut roofs, maintaining and repairing non-standard joinery products. • Understand how to carry out advanced calculations and work out cutting angles for complex carpentry work such as using a roofing square to calculate roof spar lengths and using a sliding bevel to mark out splayed joints. • Understand how to form complex joints associated with advanced site carpentry work, such as splayed and plumb

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

How Will I Be Assessed?
Ongoing assessment thoughout the apprenticeship, with a End Point Assessment to complete.

Where Could This Course Lead To?
On completion of this standard, apprentice will progress to a wide range of employment opportunities, or move onto full or part-time further education. The achievement of this standard will meet the requirement of the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) ‘Advanced Skilled Worker’ standard, which is widely recognised as a ‘licence to operate’ in a skilled construction trade.

Attendance Mode
Block Release

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