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Carpentry & Joinery

With constant growing demand for skilled carpenters and joiners, joining this industry as an apprentice is definitely a great idea!

At East Durham College, our apprenticeship team works with construction firms around the North East to offer apprenticeship opportunities in carpentry and joinery.

If you're the kind of person who loves working with their hands, completing projects and working hard, this could definitely be the industry for you.

What Do Carpenters & Joinery Apprentices Do?

In short, carpentry and joinery is all about working with wood.

Both carpenters and joiners are massively important to the construction process, and are often employed by housebuilding firms to help with building of new properties.

A joiner is the person who 'joins' together different types of wood, hence the name. This may, for example, be constructing wooden roof beams into the correct shape, or creating a door frame. More specialised work might have you creating such things as tables, chairs or cabinets. 

Joiners tend to work more 'behind-the-scenes' in the workshop rather than out on-site.

Carpentry, on the other hand, focuses on larger elements and tends to be out on-site. 

Carpenters will usually work with the wood that may have been previously prepared by a joiner, and they're usually responsible for fitting the components or using them to create something else, like roofing.

Carpenters will work more on-site than joiners.

Earn While You Learn

Working in construction really pays off - carpenters, on average in the UK, earn over £30,000 per year.

As an apprentice you won't quite make that much, but you'll earn an apprenticeship wage while you're learning on the job. Your employer will be responsible for ensuring you learn the skills you need to become a competent carpenter and joiner, and you'll be supported with regular learning at East Durham College too.

Apprenticeship Vacancies

Please check out the live Apprenticeship vacancies below that are currently being advertised with some great organisations we are working with.

If you haven’t used the www.findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk before you must create an account to apply. Creating an account allows you to:

  • apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship
  • track your apprenticeship applications
  • receive alerts about new apprenticeships

To find out more information, please call the Apprenticeship Team on 0191 518 5508 or email apprenticeships@eastdurham.ac.uk.

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Latest vacancies

Early Years Apprentice

Edmondsley Primary School
Pelton Community Primary School, Ouston Lane, Chester Le Street DH2 1EZ
Posted
To provide a high standard of care for children attending Pelton Federation EYFS. The successful applicant should be a positive role model and an enthusiastic individual who holds a similar passion for inspiring early years learning. We are looking for a good communicator and someone who has a true desire in wanting to work with children.
Course Route
Education and childcare
Start date
Duration
12 Months
Hours per week
35.00
Apprenticeship Level
Intermediate
Provider
EAST DURHAM COLLEGE

Adult Care Worker Apprentice

SECOND TO NONE CARE LTD
BOWDEN COURT, ST JOHNS ROAD, MEADOWFIELD INDUSTRIAL ESTATE, DURHAM DH7 8RE
Posted
If you are a caring compassionate person, Second to None Care want to hear from you. This adult care worker apprenticeship will entail providing day-to-day care for the elderly, ill, disabled, and other people who aren't able to take care of themselves.
Course Route
Care services
Start date
Duration
12 Months
Hours per week
36.00
Apprenticeship Level
Intermediate
Provider
EAST DURHAM COLLEGE

Early Years / Childcare Apprenticeship

Tots 'R' Us Nursery
STOCKTON ROAD, SEAHAM SR7 8DX
Posted
If you love working with children, look no further! Tots 'R' Us are recruiting an apprentice to work effectively as part of a team, providing care for children, age 2 to 5 years. Providing a high standard of physical, emotional, social and intellectual care for children accessing the nursery.
Course Route
Education and childcare
Start date
Duration
15 Months
Hours per week
30.00
Apprenticeship Level
Intermediate
Provider
EAST DURHAM COLLEGE