Apprenticeships in Scotland
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A joiner works with timber to create a variety of structures integral to many buildings. This can include staircases, windows, doors, furniture and more. As a joiner, you will make and install these structures and fittings in the correct locations.
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There are several routes to becoming a joiner. You could complete a college course, an apprenticeship, on-the-job training, or apply to an employer directly if you have some experience.
You should explore these routes to find out which is the right one for you. Although some of these options have certain qualification requirements, many employers are more interested in people who are enthusiastic, willing to learn and can follow instructions.
You may need a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card to work on a construction site.
Your local college or training provider may offer courses to help you train as a joiner, such as:
You'll usually need:
You could complete an intermediate or advanced apprenticeship in carpentry and joinery to become a joiner. You could either train as a site carpenter or an architectural joiner.
Both routes will offer on-the-job training and require you to spend time with a college or training provider.
You could also pursue an intermediate apprenticeship as a wood product manufacturing operative.
For an apprenticeship you’ll usually need:
Apprenticeships are open to anyone over the age of 16. As an apprentice, you’ll be fully employed by your company and expected to work a minimum of 30 hours a week. Your time will be split between on-the-job experience and a college or training provider.
If you have some basic experience, you could apply directly to a construction company to gain onsite experience as a joiner. You might start out as an assistant to a more experienced joiner and progress as your abilities improve.
Work experience is essential to gaining employment within the construction industry. You could gain this at school, or by working weekends and holidays with a company or relative who works as a joiner. Potential employers will always be pleased to see work experience listed on your CV.
Additional skills which may benefit anyone considering a job as a joiner include:
As a joiner, you will be responsible for designing, creating and installing structures, furniture and fittings using wood.
The role of a joiner involves the following duties:
The expected salary for a joiner varies as you become more experienced.
Hours and salary depend on location, employer and any overtime you may do.
* Salaries have been collected from multiple industry sources and have been updated as of 2019
Check out the latest joiner vacancies:
As these are external websites, the number of vacancies related to your preferred role may vary. New opportunities will be posted as they come up.
Experienced joiners can become supervisors, project managers or team leaders and earn a higher salary.
You could move into different areas within construction such as estimating or contract management or specialise in an area like heritage restoration or building stage sets.
As a joiner, you could start your own business or train others.