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Carpentry and Joinery Apprenticeship Level 2 Standard

  • 2

    Level 2

  • Duration
    2 years

  • Start Date
    September 2024

  • Venue
    City College Norwich

  • Course Code

Start Date

  • September 2024, Apprenticeship


Carpenters and Joiners will work with wood-based materials to create and install components. This apprenticeship includes 2 different pathways and you will either work on a construction site as a Site Carpenter or in a workshop as an Architectural Joiner:

  • Pathway 1: A Site Carpenter will prepare and install basic building components e.g. doors, straight staircases, wall and floor units, and will build structures on a building site or in domestic and commercial premises.
  • Pathway 2: An Architectural Joiner will create components by setting out, marking out and manufacturing basic architectural products, including doors, windows, straight staircases and ironmongery.

Course content includes:

  • Core duties, skills and competency units (both pathways)
  • Core knowledge units (both pathways)
  • All behaviours to be displayed by all skilled Carpentry and Joinery workers (both pathways)

You will complete the Level 2 Carpentry and Joinery Apprenticeship Standard.

  • This apprenticeship will involve college attendance and off the job training.
  • You will also develop your knowledge, skills and behaviours.
  • You need to have an employer to support your apprenticeship and be employed in a relevant job role.
  • The typical length of this apprenticeship course is 27 months.
  • The next intake is due to start in Janaury 2024 and the course runs at City College Norwich and our Easton campus.

If you already have an employer for your apprenticeship, or would like more information on how to find an apprenticeship, please click Apply Now. If you are an employer who is looking to recruit an apprentice or already have someone you would like to enrol onto the apprenticeship course, please contact our Apprenticeships Team on 01603 773365 or email to discuss the next steps.

Entry Requirements

  • GCSE Grade 2/E in Maths and English (Language or Literature) or Level 1 Functional Skills in Maths and English
    In order to enrol onto an apprenticeship, you must be employed in a relevant job role and undertake a range of tasks which would enable you to complete the apprenticeship qualification.

Learning Outcomes

For the full apprenticeship, candidates will complete:

  • Level 2 Carpentry and Joinery Apprenticeship Standard
  • Level 1 or 2 in Functional Skills in English (if not exempt)
  • Level 1 or 2 in Functional Skills in Maths (if not exempt)


Training and assessments are delivered in the workplace and in college. Apprentices will be required to attend college-based sessions as part of their training, whilst also completing off-the-job training in the workplace. You will also complete assessments and observations in the workplace.

At the end of the apprenticeship you will complete an End Point Assessment (EPA) which will consist of:

  • 1- hour multiple- choice knowledge test
  • 7- hour practical assessment with questions
  • 1- hour interview with an independent assessor underpinned by the portfolio of evidence


On completion of this standard, some apprentices may progress onto the Level 3 Advanced Carpentry and Joinery apprenticeship standard, or may secure employment as a Site Carpenter or Architectural Joiner. Alternatively, successful apprentices can also consider further study on higher level Site Management courses.

Career Progression

The achievement of this standard will meet the requirements of the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) 'Skilled Worker' standard, which is widely accepted in the sector as a 'licence to operate' in a skilled construction trade. Successful apprentices may also pursue further development or promotion within the organisation or the wider sector.


Apprenticeship course fees are subject to the age of the apprentice, and the size of the company.
For employers with less than 50 employees who do not pay the apprenticeship levy and who take on an apprentice who is aged between 16-21 at the start of their apprenticeship, there will be no direct cost and the full training costs will be covered by Government funding. If the apprentice is aged 22+ the government partially subsides the training costs and the employer will need to pay 5% of the costs. In the case of this course, the fee would be £650.
For an employer with more than 50 employees a 5% charge will be implemented regardless of the age of the apprentice which in this case would be £650.
A levy paying company will pay the full cost of the apprenticeship from their levy account which in this case would be £13,000.
Please note that course fees are to be paid by the employer and apprentices must not be asked to make a financial contribution toward their training.
To discuss apprenticeship course fees in more detail or for more information on recruiting an apprentice, please contact 01603 773365 or

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