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Carpentry & Joinery is a craft trade widely used by the construction industry to facilitate the building of new houses and to refit and repair existing buildings.

We need individuals who are prepared to work hard alone, or as part of a team, as required and apply themselves to achieving industry practices or standards. This is a hands-on craft trade that needs a degree of theory to gain qualifications in order to support roles in the construction industry. In recent years there has been a decline in bench joinery, but site carpentry is alive and kicking with many choosing to be an apprenticeship to ensure the best route into construction employment.

Did you know the British woodworking industry has 5,070 firms and turn over an estimated £3.8bn. Woodworking businesses span the full range of companies, from small family businesses to large corporations. Companies (firms) operate throughout the UK and provide genuine employment opportunities in parts of the UK that are often areas of high unemployment. If you would like to work in the UK or beyond, the construction industry is well worth considering for your career.

If you’re interested in studying carpentry at Highbury, courses start with the one-year Level 1 diploma, with most students continuing on to the full-time Level 2 course, possibly on to a Level 3 programme.

Depending on your GCSE grades, you could start at either Level 1 or 2. To join the Level 1 course you will need maths and English GCSEs at grade 3 and for the Level 2 course, must have grade 4 and above.

On the course you do a lot of learning within the workshop, and expect you to work online also, to help embed the theory.

Can’t wait to get started? Here’s some resources to give you a flying start:


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