The occupation involves carrying out skilled work, primarily using timber products, either on a construction site, or in a workshop, creating and installing building components. After completing the apprenticeship, apprentices should be able to carry out all the activities undertaken by a carpenter and joiner, and work safely, develop communication with others, interpret specifications and carry out related tasks. The main differences between a Level 2 site carpenter / architectural joiner, and a Level 3 advanced site carpenter / architectural joiner are that the advanced carpenter / joiner has responsibility for managing their own and other people’s work, as well as being required to complete complex and non-standard work. Examples of complex tasks include curved products, irregular joints and bespoke work. 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).
• Apprentices need to complete 20% off-the-job training during on-programme.
• End-point assessment (EPA) is the final stage that an apprentice goes through to complete their apprenticeship this involves practical assessment, multiple-choice exam to test knowledge & oral questioning (professional discussion) to test apprentice behaviours development.
• Duration 12 - 18 months
• 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 achieve a Level 3 National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) to demonstrate competency in their chosen occupation.
Entry requirements will be determined by individual employers. Typically, apprentices will have English and mathematics at Level 2 on entry, and all will have achieved that level prior to taking their end-point assessment. Candidates who do not have Level 2 maths & English will need to work towards achieving these qualifications before they can complete the EPA.
On completion of this standard, apprentices can 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.