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Wood Occupations Bench Joinery Apprenticeship Level 2

Bedford College Bench Joinery Apprenticeship Level 2

This intermediate apprenticeship will provide you with the introductory knowledge and skills you will need to undertake work in the carpentry and joinery industry. During the course you will learn how to manufacture windows, doors, stairs and units, as well as fitments, including marking out, machining and assembling. Our courses have an excellent reputation with employers and help you to develop construction skills that will put you at the forefront of the job market. In College, you will be taught by staff who, have not only had successful careers in industry themselves, but who also lead in shaping the UK’s construction and building services training sector.

Entry requirements

Grade requirements: Some evidence of studying at GCSE level would be an advantage.

Other requirements: You must have a keen interest in carpentry and/or joinery.

Course content

During this apprenticeship you will study a range of topics, including:

  • Health, safety and welfare in construction and associated industries 
  • Knowledge of construction technology 
  • Prepare and use carpentry and joinery portable power tools 
  • Understanding information, quantities and communication with others 
  • Set up and operate cutting and shaping machinery 
  • Produce setting out details for routine joinery products 
  • Mark out from setting out details for routine joinery products 
  • Manufacture routine joinery products

Assessment methods

The practical elements of this course will consist of on-going training and assessment, with an end-of-course synoptic test. The theory elements will be assessed through progress tests, assignments, unit tests and an end of course final exam.


You will gain the following qualifications:

Wood Occupations (Bench Joinery) Cskills Level 2 Diploma

  • Wood Occupations (Bench Joinery) Cskills Level 2 NVQ Diploma 
  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities
  • Personal, Learning and Thinking Skills
  • Functional Skills in English and maths

Further study and career options

Further study: On successful completion you could progress on to the Wood Occupations Bench Joinery Advanced apprenticeship.

Career progression: You could also move into full-time work as a bench joiner.

Additional information

You will need steel toe capped boots, a high viz vest and usual study stationary.

The College part of this apprenticeship will start in September, however you will be able to start the work based learning element at any time throughout the year.

Course information & how to book

To start this Apprenticeship you will need to be employed in a relevant job role – visit the Apprenticeships section of our website, where you can view our Apprenticeship vacancies. For further information or queries you can email us or call 01234 291000.

Start DateFeesLocationCourse Code
Flexible Free if 16-18yrs. If 19 or over please ring 01234 291000. Cauldwell Street C1133

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Additional Learning Support
If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, problems with English and Maths, are deaf or hearing impaired, or missing the essential skills needed to complete your course, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.  Find out more.

Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Support
At Bedford College, we are committed to developing the provision for students on the autistic spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome.  Find out more.

We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 for more information.

Additional formats
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
01234 291000 to order your copy.

Bedford College actively seeks to promote equality of access to education and training and to provide support where appropriate. Employers are made aware that apprentices have the same rights to protection against discrimination, harassment and victimisation under the Equality Act 2010 as employees. 

Apprentices who have disclosed a disability covered by Equality legislation have the right to request reasonable adjustments in the workplace. We will work with employers to ensure that appropriate adjustments are agreed and established to facilitate this.

At the College we provide additional support for students and apprentices who have a specific learning difficulty or disability.

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