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With the construction industry set to grow so rapidly now's a great time to study joinery or carpentry. At Calderdale College we've got all the expertise and facilities you need for learning these satisfying trades, from well-equipped workshops to enthusiastic tutors with bags of industry experience. Better still, we can help you gain nationally recognised qualifications and priceless work experience covering everything from hanging doors and making windows right through to roofing and site management. 

Picture Yourself

A qualification from us could help you work on major construction sites, domestic projects or as a heritage roofer, or progress into areas like quantity surveying, building inspection and site management.

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Thanks to our unrivaled network of local industry contacts, we're perfectly placed to help set you up with work experience, an apprenticeship or perhaps even paid work. 

Example Careers

£25,000 - £29,000

Carpenters and Joiners work on all types of domestic and commercial properties. Their skills are used to hang doors, fit kitchens and fix roof trusses along with many other tasks where timber is used.

Site Manager

Job holders in this unit group manage and oversee major projects and building contracts. Carpenters and Joiners can progress onto higher education and Calderdale College and become Foremen and Site Managers.

Meet the Course Leader

Allan Stephenson, Course Leader, Joinery

"After leaving school, I attended Cleveland Technical College studying Carpentry and Joinery, whilst at the same time completing a 3 year Apprenticeship working for a house building construction firm. In this time I gained recognition as an Associate Member of the Institute of Carpenters (AIoC). I gained further experience in bench joinery, woodwork machining, civil construction and maintenance joinery before gaining my FE teaching qualifications at Huddersfield University. I joined Calderdale College in 1983 where I have taught for the last 30 years. I have taught both the Bench Joinery and Site Carpentry courses for both full-time students and for the day release apprentices."

Student Testimonial

Level 3 Bench Joinery student, Eleanor Wellock

"I have obtained skills in joinery that I will have for live and this has helped to improve my self-confidence. My tutors were very supportive, pushing me to extend my abilities while understanding my personal limits. I am hoping to use these skills in voluntary work both in this country and abroad working on the construction of religious buildings."

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