What's involved

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 of wood.

As with all trades, a carpenter and joiner needs to have a good understanding of how to work safely.

Skills required

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.

Qualifications required

There are no formal requirements although it would help to have Maths and English Standard Grades.

Salary ranges

(This is a guide to the average salary a fully qualified and experienced person might expect to get.)

£17,000 - £31,000

Progression routes

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.