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Wood machinists are key members of the joinery team. Wood machinists need to understand wood as a material, and how to get the best from it.
Salaries typically depend on location, employer and level of responsibility.
You will require 5 GCSEs at grades 9-4 (A*-C) including Maths and English.
Demonstrating your creativity and interest in wood, either through things you’ve made or school holiday working alongside a carpenter or joiner, will also interest employers.
Full apprenticeships are available in wood machining at Levels 2 & 3. Diplomas in Wood Machining at levels 2 & 3 are also available.
College courses and NVQs in bench joinery and wood machining are likely to be of interest to employers in the joinery sector, as the skills gained are more relevant to the work.