Joiners work with wood to create staircases, windows and doors, furniture, kitchens, cupboards and interior woodwork.
- Newly trained bench joiners can earn in the range of £14,000 - £17,000
- Trained with experience bench joiners can earn in the range of £20,000 - £30,000
- Senior/master craft bench joiners can earn in the range of £30,000 - £40,000
Salaries depend on location, employer, level of responsibility, and the amount of overtime worked. Self-employed bench joiners set their own pay rates.
Qualifications and Training
There are no formal requirements to be a joiner but useful subjects to study at school include design and technology, maths and English, with GCSE exam grades A*-C or equivalent such as the Welsh Baccalaureate or BTECs.
A good way to start as a joiner is to apply for an apprenticeship with an employer you’d like to work for. The best apprenticeships are Bench Joinery or Wood Machining. Other qualifications available include Level 2 Award in Timber & Panel Products and their uses, Level 2 & 3 Diplomas in Wood Machining, and City & Guilds Basic Construction Skills: Carpentry & Joinery.
To find an apprenticeship, visit the Government's website in England, or Career Wales in Wales, or World of Work for Scotland.
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As your career goes on, On-site Assessment and Training (OSAT) can add to your qualifications in wood machining, supervision and team leading, and management