Joiners work with wood to create staircases, windows and doors, furniture, kitchens, cupboards and interior woodwork.
Salaries depend on location, employer, level of responsibility, and the amount of overtime worked. Self-employed bench joiners set their own pay rates.
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.
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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
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