Carpenters and joiners make and install the wooden fixtures and fittings found in household and commercial construction projects. These include floorboards, kitchen and bathroom units, window frames and doors, roof trusses and wall partitions.

Qualifications for carpenters include City & Guilds Craft/Advanced Craft in Carpentry and Wood or NVQ2 in Carpentry & Joinery/Wood occupations.

These Carpentry qualifications are made up of theory and practical work in the classroom/training facility and work based experience with a working Carpenter.

Colleges should help students find a work position, although many students organise it themselves.

Typical duties include

As a carpenter or joiner, your work may fall into one or more of the following areas:

  • Formwork – building temporary shuttering to support setting concrete, for example on motorway bridge supports or building foundations.
  • Machining – cutting or shaping timber for floorboards, skirting boards and window frames.
  • Bench joinery – making and assembling doors, window frames, staircases and fitted furniture.
  • First fixing (site work) – fitting the wooden structures, such as floor and roof joists, roof timers, staircases, partition walls, door and window frames.
  • Second fixing (site work) – installing skirting boards, door surrounds, doors, cupboards and shelving, as well as door handles and locks.
  • Shopfitting – making and fitting interiors for shops, hotels, banks, offices and public buildings. In domesticated properties you may be fitting kitchens.

Skills Required

  • Good practical skills.
  • A methodical approach to work.
  • An eye for detail.
  • The ability to follow technical drawings and plans.
  • Good maths skills for measuring and working out angles.
  • A reasonable level of fitness.
  • The ability to work as part of a team and unsupervised.
  • An awareness of health and safety.

Further Training

Some companies may encourage you to learn additional trades such as glazing, tiling or plumbing so you can install complete kitchens. With experience you can progress to supervisory positions or move into related areas of work within a company, such as estimating and contract management.

Guideline figures for Carpentry salaries

Starting salaries are between £13,000 and £16,000 a year. Qualified joiners earn between £17,000 and £23,000 a year. Experienced joiners can earn up to £28,000 a year.

How to apply

To be considered for all employment and training opportunities on site you must complete our Employment and Training Registration Form.

Contact information

For further details please contact:

Kate Candler, Willmott Dixon Housing on: 01462 814455 or