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“If you like making things and enjoy working with wood, this could be an ideal career for you.”

Carpenters and joiners make and install wooden fixtures and fittings as part of construction projects.

You do not need any formal qualifications to become a carpenter or joiner. However, employers usually want people with some on-site experience. If you have not worked in construction before, you could work as a joiner's mate or labourer to get site experience. Once working, your employer may offer you training in carpentry and joinery. You may be able to become a carpenter or joiner through an Apprenticeship scheme.

To become a carpenter or joiner you will need to have an eye for detail. You will also need good maths skills for measuring and working out angles. As a carpenter you'll need to follow technical drawings and plans.

Your work could include cutting and shaping timber for floorboards, skirting boards and window frames; fitting and installing wooden structures and building temporary or permanent wooden structures.

Skills you'll learn at South Devon College

  • cutting and shaping timber
  • fitting wooden structures
  • the ability to work as part of a team and unsupervised
  • an awareness of health and safety
  • improved maths skills

Your future

  • Over 70% of skilled construction and building trades will require qualifications at level 2 or above by 2020
  • 36,000 people will be employed in construction across the South West by 2020, a 26% increase on 2010 totals
  • 237,000 new jobs will be created nationally in the construction sector by 2020 - an 11% increase on 2010 jobs. 2,329,000 in total
  • 99% of Construction students moved forward into a positive destination, including employment, apprenticeships and further study
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