Joiner/ Carpenter

Carpenters and joiners make and install wooden structures, fittings and furniture.

Day-to-day Tasks

  • talk about plans with clients or managers: discuss what needs to be done and get instructions
  • cut and shape timber: make wood pieces for things like floors, doors, and window frames
  • create and install structures: build and put in things like stairs, door frames, roof beams, and walls
  • put together furniture: assemble both built-in and freestanding furniture
  • install kitchens and shelves: set up kitchens, cupboards, and shelving
  • make supports for wet concrete: build wooden supports (shuttering) to hold concrete in place until it dries
  • design and set up interiors: create and install interiors for various places like shops, bars, offices, and more
  • build stage sets for theatre: construct the scenes and backgrounds used in theatre performances

Skills and knowledge

  • knowledge of building and construction
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • knowledge of maths
  • the ability to work well with others
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • the ability to use, repair and maintain machines and tools
  • the ability to work on your own
  • excellent verbal communication skills

Industry Qualifications

If you want to be a Joiner/Carpenter, you may want to consider a trainee role at a company that does carpentry.

  • Level 2 or 3 Diploma in Bench Joinery
  • Level 2 or Level 3 Diploma in Site Carpentry
  • T Level in On Site Construction

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