Carpentry and Joinery (Bench) - Apprenticeship Level 2
Start Date: 5th September 2022
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Duration: 2 Years Full-time
Start date: 5th September 2022
End date: 20th June 2024
Attendance at an information session is required.
What is an Apprenticeship?
As an apprenticeship you are employed as full-time members of staff and typically work for an employer three to four days a week. One or two days a week is spent at college, studying for nationally-recognised qualifications in the same profession as the apprenticeship.
- You must find your own employer
- Some employers may requiree GCSEs on entry
- It might be possible to do an apprenticeship with a current employer
- You work all year round, but your College classes run from September to July
Employers pay for the day the apprentice is in college, meaning you will receive a full-time wage at least in accordance with the national minimum wage
Details and restrictions
- Apprentices must be aged 16 or above. Restrictions apply for those over 25.
- Employers must be based in Northern Ireland
- Apprenticeships are part-funded through the Northern Ireland European Social Fund (ESF) and the Department for the Economy (DfE)
An apprenticeship in carpentry and joinery (site/bench) combines the practical hands-on experience of the workplace with the knowledge and understanding and practical skills gained in the college classroom and workshops.
- Install first fixing components including: door/window frames and linings, floor joist coverings, partitions, plasterboard and staircases.
- Install second fixing components including: doors, mouldings, ironmongery, wall/ floor units and cladding.
- Erecting structural carcassing components including: roofs, floor joists, flat roof and floor coverings.
- Read and extract information from drawings and specifications, conform to general workplace safety guidelines, security and waste management controls.
- Install complex structural carcassing such as inclined roofs, hips and valleys, roof verge and eaves finishes and dormers.
- Tool sharpening
- Set up and operate cutting machinery
What will I gain?
- National recognised qualification.
- Good practical skills.
- An awareness of safety issues especially when working at heights and carrying loads.
- The ability to work as part of a team.
- City & Guilds Essential Skills in Numeracy, Literacy & ICT (If applicable) City & Guilds Employability Award City & Guilds Personal & Social Skills Award
- Access to the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)
- Employer presentations, Industrial Site Visits and Skills Competitions
Continuous assessment throughout the course of practical workshop and theory tasks. Evidence of competency can be obtained through observations in the workplace, physical Bench Joinery products of work, reports, plans, photographs, online assessments, witness testimony, discussion and questioning.
Please note that due to ongoing major campus construction projects courses at Ballymena, Coleraine and Ballymoney may be relocated to alternative suitable locations as required.
To be eligible to enter ApprenticeshipsNI programmes Level 2 Apprenticeship provision, an unemployed person must:
- Have attained the minimum school leaving age of 16; have or be about to take up permanent paid employment with a Northern Ireland-based company and be contracted to work a minimum of 21 hours per week (including day release/ off- the-job training) with one employer.
- Have the potential to successfully complete all the requirements of the appropriate Level 2/Level 3 Apprenticeship Framework; meet any health requirements (eg colour vision) specific to the occupation of their choice.
- Have achieved any necessary entry academic qualifications (eg GCSE) determined by the relevant sector for the apprenticeship and approved by the Department for the Economy,
- Pass any entry tests specified by the relevant sector/employer and approved by the Department for the Economy.
- Attend an information session.
In addition if you are an existing employee you must: Be in permanent remunerative employment with a Northern Ireland-based company from day one of the apprenticeship; be contracted to work a minimum of 21 hours per week (including day release/off-the-job training) with one employer; and meet all the other eligibility criteria as set out above.
In the event of oversubscription, the College reserves the right to apply enhanced criteria. See our Apprenticeship page for further details.
Achievement of Level 2 ApprenticeshipsNI offers possible progression to ApprenticeshipsNI Level 3.
All full-time students at the Northern Regional College have the opportunity to improve their English, Maths and IT skills and gain qualifications. The qualification you take will depend on the qualification you already have. If you do not have a grade C or above in GCSE English, Maths or ICT, you MUST do Essential Skills. This will form a compulsory part of your timetable.Show Essential Skills courses