- Workshop, Hands-on, Building,
- Salary Range: £17,000 - £28,000
- Nation: England & Wales
Bench joiners work in a joiners shop and use drawings to produce complex wood products like doors, frames, linings, staircases and hand rails to exact specifications. They also prepare and assemble doors, windows and staircases, as well as creating fitted furniture such as wardrobes.
Timber is an essential part of just about every structure and
it's the carpenter and joiner's job to prepare it and put it into
place. It's a skilled job that uses special tools and often
involves many different kinds of wood.
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, doors, roof trusses and wall partitions.
If you enjoy being practical, have good coordination skills and
enjoy being part of a team, then becoming a carpenter or joiner
could be ideal for you. Accuracy is the key in bench joinery so you
will need to be careful and methodical.
You'll need to be good at maths as you'll be calculating angles
and measurements and be able to follow technical drawings and plans
closely. You'll also have to be fit to work with all the timber and
be able to work as part of a team.
There are no formal requirements although it would help to have
GCSE's in English/Welsh and Maths at A*-C (Applications from
students with the Foundation/Intermediate Welsh Baccalaureate are
(This is a guide to the average salary a fully qualified and
experienced person might expect to get.)
£17,000 - £28,000
Bench Joinery apprentices will be able to progress to:
- Apprenticeship (Level 3) in Bench Carpentry
After gaining work experience in your chosen area there are also
opportunities to progress into furniture production, occupational
work supervision, management or technical support areas.