Carpentry and Joinery | Pearson qualifications

New apprenticeships Carpentry and Joinery

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About the role

This level 2 apprenticeship will typically last 18-24 months. It is for carpenters and joiners carrying out skilled work, primarily using timber products, either on a construction site, or in a workshop, creating and installing building components.

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This is a core and options apprenticeship, with two pathways:

  • Pathway 1: A site carpenter will normally work on a building site, or in domestic and commercial premises, preparing and fixing building components, from the initial erection of a new building, through to the installation of all necessary fixtures and fittings, as well as a range of repair and maintenance activities. 
  • Pathway 2: An architectural joiner will normally be employed in a workshop producing timber based building components and other architectural products, such as doors, windows, units and staircases, which are then transported to construction sites to be installed by site carpenters.



We provide a clear learning programme to take apprentices from entry through to the gateway for end-point assessment.

You can use our on-programme offer regardless of whether you are using Pearson as your end-point assessment organisation or not.


There is a mandatory qualification for this standard:

Pearson Edxecel Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Wood Occupations

In order to meet the apprenticeship standard apprentices will be required to hold or achieve:

  • Minimum of Level 1 English and aspire to take a Level 2 English
  • Minimum of Level 1 maths and aspire to take a Level 2 maths.

A training qualification is recommended by the employer group. This could be achieved by using:

BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Construction Occupations (Site Carpentry/Bench Joinery pathways)

and adding a small amount of additional taught supplementary knowledge (on CAD, BIM and site fixing).

Coming soon: a new technical diploma in carpentry and joinery, which can meet the needs of both full-time and apprentice learners.

As both a vocational and academic awarding organisation, we can offer a wide range of English and maths qualifications in line with your standards’ requirements from Functional Skills through to GCSEs.

Learning resources

English and maths resources
We have a wide range of resources and useful tools to complement your programme, including assessment tools, podcasts and training events.

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