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Apprenticeship in Carpentry & Joinery Site/Bench - NVQ Framework Level 2/3

As an Apprentice joiner you could be working on site fitting windows, stairs, skirting boards or construction partition walls. Or you could be employed as a bench joiner making items of furniture, staircases etc. You will attend College one day a week to complete your Technical Certificate and Functional Skills elements of the programme. Your work based assessments will take place on site where you will gather evidence towards your NVQ. portfolio.


As an Apprentice Joiner your job role will cover many different aspects such as fitting windows, doors, and all other aspects of the trade. Depending on your route you may be a bench or a site joiner. Bench joiners complete internal joinery tasks such as making stairs, windows,doors etc.

As part of the qualification, you will be required to attend the College for one day a week to complete the technical aspect of the trade as well as the Functional Skills element of the qualification.

A dedicated work based assessor from the College will visit you regularly to assist you in building a portfolio of evidence which is the NVQ aspect of the course.


The underpinning knowledge, technical certificate and Functional Skills are delivered at college and the NVQ portfolio is developed in the workplace by gathering evidence towards completion of the practical units.

Entry Requirements

All applicants will be interviewed and assessed for suitability by a Training Officer. Applicants will be expected to be in relevant employment with the support of an employer who can offer work that supports NVQ completion; however, those without an employer will be given job seeking assistance by the Training Officer.

Interview Process

Interview with the Training Officer

Questions & Answers

How is the course assessed?

Assessment takes place out on site by qualified assessors and in the college workshops. The practical and theory work is continually assessed throughout the programme.

Are there any opportunities for progression?

On completion of your Apprenticeship you can move on to the Advanced Apprenticeship or into industry and employment if you have completed your advanced qualification.

Functional Skills



Before Enrolment

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During Your Study

Before enrolment you will be asked to attend an interview with a Training Officer and complete a Basic Key Skills assessment. The results of this will be used to determine the level of support you will require to complete your framework successfully.

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Course details

  • Attendance: Part-time (day)
  • Start Date: Various
  • Hours per week: 7 hours per week
  • Days: Wednesday Thursday
  • Start Time: 8.30 am
  • End Time: 5.00 pm
  • Course Fees: No fees payable for learners aged 16-18. For applicants over 18, please contact us for more information
  • Venue: Calderdale College
  • Faculty: Construction & Technology
  • Department Manager: Andrew Barnes


  • Level: Level 2, Level 3
  • Qualification Name: C&G Extended Diploma in Site/Bench Joinery Level 2 & 3 - CITB NVQ Diploma in Site/Bench Joinery Level 2 & 3
  • Awarding Body: CSkills/City & Guilds

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