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Carpentry

A carpenter cuts, fits and assembles wood for building frameworks, doors, windows, flooring, stairs and panelling on both commercial and residential projects.

Carpenters make and install wooden fixtures and fittings as part of construction projects. A carpenter is a trained craftsperson skilled in woodwork. He or she measures, marks, cuts, shapes, fits and finishes timber, either by hand or with power tools.

Wood is an essential part of most buildings, and working in carpentry includes working on roofs, floors and walls. Most construction projects will need carpenters, so the job can take them anywhere, from homes and commercial properties to building sites.

This type of role holds lots of responsibility and is very creative, and carpenters get the opportunity to work on a huge variety of projects. A skilled carpenter is often crucial to restoring and recreating historical buildings as part of interesting heritage projects. Another specialist for carpenters is providing timber elements of complex concrete supports.

Carpentry is a skilled roles in construction, so an excellent working knowledge of wood, its various types and uses is important, as well as knowing how the finished product will fit into a house or building.

This competition has been designed to reflect the role of a carpenter and the standards that are expected within the construction industry.


Competition overview

Competitors will be marked throughout the competition:

  • Competitors work to a tolerance of less than 0.5mm
  • Competitors have to work in a safe manner and will lose marks if this is not adhered to

General instructions:

  • The maximum working time for the task is 6 hours at the Regional Qualifiers
  • The maximum working time for the task is 18 hours at the UK National Final
  • SkillBuild UK National Final competitors could progress onto WorldSkills competitions if all the relevant criteria have been met

Core competencies

To take part in this competition you should be able to:

  • Follow instructions
  • Interpret drawings and specifications
  • Select appropriate materials and fixings
  • Set out projects full size to determine the exact shape of sloping parts
  • Mark out wood to a tolerance of less than 0.5mm
  • Shape wood using saws, chisels and planes
  • Assemble the project accurately using screws
  • Work efficiently, with minimum wastage and no replacement pieces
  • Keep the work area clean and tidy
  • Work in a safe manner
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