NSCG | Carpentry and Joinery Advanced Apprenticeship Standard
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Course overview

What will be covered whilst training:
Be able to work safely and pro-actively in good health and safety practices, understand the programme and work schedule for work area and plan accordingly, develop and maintain good working relationships, determine the best way to carry out the work and communicate this effectively, interpret technical specifications and comply with legislation and current guidance, select the required quantity and quality of resources required for carrying out the complex and non-standard work, being prepared to take the lead when working in a team.

Core knowledge includes: understanding key aspects of health and safety and applying these to create a safe and healthy working environment, understanding of how to plan and carry out work effectively, understanding of how to develop and maintain excellent working relationships, understanding how to access data needed to plan and execute work tasks accurately, understanding of their responsibilities under current legislation and guidance in construction work, importance of team working.

Generic behaviours expected to be displayed are effective communication, team work, independent working, logical thinking, working effectively, time management and adaptability.


Typical job roles: This 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 carpenter/joiner has the responsibility for managing their own and other people’s work, as well as being required to complete complex and non-standard work.

Pathway 1: An Advanced Site Carpenter will normally work on a building site, or in a domestic and commercial premises, preparing and installing complex and often bespoke building components (eg) hig 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 (eg) inclined roofs with hips, valleys and dormers.

Pathway 2: An Advanced Architectural Joiner will normally be employed in a workshop producing complex building components by setting out, marking out and manufacturing bespoke architectural products (eg) doors, windows, staircases with turns and panelling/cladding)

What else do I need to know?

If you successfully achieve all parts of the apprenticeship, your assessor will discuss your next steps to take. Dependent on your roles and responsibilities, this may be the next level of the subject you have been studying already or a different pathway.

Whilst you are on an apprenticeship your employer pays you a salary, this includes all off the job training.

What are the entry requirements?

You will need a minimum of 2 GCSE’s at Grade C (4) or above, preferably in Maths and English or the ability to achieve Level 2 Functional Skills.

How is it assessed?

Assessments will take place both during and at the end of the apprenticeship, with completion being dependant on successful achievement of the qualification elements and the endorsement of the employer after a professional discussion, with the apprentice and training provider.

During the apprenticeship:
Your progress is monitored and assessments are arranged throughout the course and are usually done on-the-job and through day release.
Assessment has three aspects which include observation of your actual performance and your knowledge and understanding you display in response to written and/or spoken questions, and a portfolio of support material which you will build up containing assignments, case studies and testimony evidence.

Advanced Apprentice must achieve a National Vocational Qualification in their chosen job role from one of the following:
- NVQ Level 3 Diploma in Wood Occupations – Site Carpentry
- NVQ Level 3 Diploma in Wood Occupations – Architectural Joinery
- Level 2 English and Maths must also be achieved.

End Point Assessment includes:
Knowledge Assessment being a short written test and a Practical Skills Assessment.

What financial support is on offer?

While you are on an apprenticeship your employer pays you a salary and supports you whilst you undertake your training

What can I do next?

If you successfully achieve all parts of the apprenticeship, your assessor will discuss your next steps to take. Dependent on your roles and responsibilities, this may be the next level of the subject you have been studying already or a different pathway.

How do I find out more?

Telephone: 01782 254287 (Newcastle office) or 01785 275660 (Stafford office)
Email: apprenticeships@nscg.ac.uk

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