- On site, Workshop, Hands-on, Team work, Creative/artistic, Heights, Building
- Salary Range: £17,000 - £31,000
- Nation: Scotland
Timber is an essential part of just about every structure and it's the joiner’s job (or carpenter and joiner to give them their full title) to prepare it and put it in place. They work in domestic and commercial premises as well as on construction sites.
Joiners make and install the wooden fixtures and fittings found
in household and commercial construction projects.
These can include floor joists, floorboards, kitchen and
bathroom units, window frames, doors, roof trusses and wall
partitions. It also involves hanging doors and boxing in pipes and
is a skilled job that uses special tools and many different kinds
As with all trades, a carpenter and joiner needs to have a good
understanding of how to work safely.
If you enjoy using your practical ability, have good
coordination skills, a methodical approach to work and an eye for
detail, then becoming a joiner could be the ideal role for you.
You'll need to be able to follow technical drawings and plans,
as well as being good at maths so you can measure and calculate
angles. You'll also need to be fit and happy to work on your own as
well as part of a team.
There are no formal requirements although it would help to have
Maths and English Standard Grades.
(This is a guide to the average salary a fully qualified and
experienced person might expect to get.)
£17,000 - £31,000
Apprentices who follow the Carpentry and Joinery/Shopfitting
pathway can have a varied career working on new builds,
refurbishments or in specialist areas.
This apprenticeship will enable progression to:
- PDA Construction Crafts (SCQF Level 7)
If you then decide to progress into supervisory, design or
management roles there are opportunities to study for:
- Technical, supervisory and management SVQ qualifications
(SCQF Levels 8,9,11)
- HNC Construction or a number of other built environment HNC/HND
qualifications (SCQF Levels 7 or 8)
- Degree level qualifications in a number of construction
disciplines (SCQF Levels 9 to 12)
Find out more about
this role from an apprentice's point of view.