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You MUST have an employer before you can start an apprenticeship. You can search for an apprenticeship job here.

If you don't yet have an employer you can still apply for an apprenticeship while you continue to look. We can offer you advice on how to successfully secure an apprenticeship with an employer.


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The occupation involves carrying out skilled work, primarily using timber products, either on a construction site, or in a workshop, creating and installing building components. 

Site Carpenters 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.

Am I ready to start?

Ideally you will have GCSE at grade D/3 or above in maths and English.

You will be required to sit a diagnostic assessment for both Maths and English before your start on your framework, dependant on the outcome of the assessment it may be advisable for you to upskill before commencing with your apprenticeship. If this is the case the college will support you to find an appropriate course.

Before starting an apprenticeship you will be required to go through the interview process with an employer. Employers may be looking for slightly different qualities but on the whole employers are looking for motivated, enthusiastic and hardworking individuals that have good interpersonal skills and the ability to problem solve and work effectively as part of a team.

It may be you don't feel you are ready for an apprenticeship and might benefit from a Traineeship or other full-time course first.

How does an Apprenticeship Work?

An apprenticeship programme is delivered via a mixture of on and off the job training, whereby you can apply your skills in real work contexts. 

You will build up a portfolio of evidence to show your competence.  This will involve observations by our onsite NVQ assessor, witness statements and candidate reports relating to practical tasks undertaken.

You will also be required to demonstrate your underpinning knowledge by completing written job knowledge questions.  

This is the training that you will undertake in college. Through this training you will develop some of your underpinning knowledge as well as have the chance to practice and refine you practical skills.

This is the assessment of your competency in the work place. Our team of onsite assessors will observe you in the work place and support you to gain the evidence required to prove your ability to work effectively.

Functional skills
This area covers your English and Mathematics development to the highest possible level.

The duration of the course is dependent on prior attainment and can range from 18 months to 24 months. You will attend College for 1 day a week and you be in the workplace for the remaining 4 days.

How and when will I study?

You will study for one day a week for 24 months.

On completion of this standard, apprentice will progress to a wide range of employment opportunities, or move onto full or part-time further education. The achievement of this standard will meet the requirement of the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) 'Advanced Skilled Worker' standard, which is widely recognised as a 'licence to operate' in a skilled construction trade.

Down to business, what can I do and what can I earn?

Skilled trades people are currently in high demand across the country. There are approximately 3 million people working in construction making it one of the biggest industries in the country and covers 10% of the total job market.

There's a national skills shortage in construction, so salaries are high and there are plenty of opportunities for skilled carpenters and some reports suggest experienced carpenters are able to command salaries in excess of £40,000.

Possible job roles:

  • Site carpenter
  • Bench joiner
  • Site manager
  • Site foreman

Got a job?

You must have a job to do an apprenticeship. If you already have a job you may be able to do an apprenticeship with your current employer.

If you don’t have a job for your apprenticeship – apply for your place at College by clicking the 'Apply Now' button at the top and bottom of the page.

Once you have applied please check out our apprenticeship job vacancies.

An apprenticeship comprises two parts:

  • Typically 20% study element (at Harlow College or Stansted Airport College).
  • 80% work based element with an employer. It is your responsibility to find an employer.

Great, so what do I do now?

Call 01279 868240 to speak to an Apprenticeships adviser

Contact us about applying for an Apprenticeship