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Carpentry & Joinery (Bench) - Training

Start Date: 1st September 2020
Code: C01251 NAF1A


Duration: 2 Years Full-time
Start date: 1st September 2020
End date: 24th June 2022
Information Event: Y

What is Training for Success?

Training for Success is all about giving you the tools and the confidence to find work. It focuses on the extra learning you may need and like an apprenticeship the trainee spends most of their time with an employer – on work placement typically three days per week. The rest of the week is spent at college working towards qualifications.  The scheme is funded by the Department for the Economy.  Your qualification on entry will determine whether you can join at level 1 or Level 2.

Unlike apprenticeships, those completing a Training for Success course are not paid by the employer providing their work placement. Instead, they receive travel expenses and a weekly Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA) of £40 which is not means-tested and bonus payments of up to £360 over two years.

Details and Restrictions

Those on the scheme must be 16 or 17-years-old
Young people with a disability are eligible up to 22-years-old and those from an in-care background up to 24-years-old

What is an Apprenticeship?

As an apprenticeship you are employed as full-time members of staff and typically work for an employer four days a week. One day 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 require 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
  • ApprenticeshipsNI 2017 is part-funded through the Northern Ireland European Social Fund (ESF) and the Department for the Economy (DfE)

Course Content

Carpentry and Joinery may be offered under both the Training for Success and Apprenticeship scheme.  Once you apply we will help you to choose the right level that suits you.


Carpentry and Joinery will provide you with a wide range of practical woodworking skills and job-related knowledge.  There is a choice of two areas such as site and bench carpentry and joinery.

Units include:

  • Health, Safety and Welfare in construction Skills
  • Principles of building construction information and communication
  • Maintain and use carpentry and joinery hand tools
  • Prepare and use carpentry and joinery portable power tools
  • Produce woodworking joints
  • Carry out second fixing operations
  • Set up and operate a circular saw
  • Carry out first fix flooring and roofing
  • Manufacture bench joinery products
  • Prepare and use carpentry and joinery portable power tools

Will I complete a work placement? The College is committed to ensuring that all trainees benefit from the opportunity to undertake work placement through Training for Success programmes.


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.

Units include:

  • 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 Digital Learning Environment (DLE)

Special Features

  • Employer presentations, Industrial Site Visits and Skills Compeitions
  • Bonus Payments - you will receive £160 in Year 1 and £200 in Year 2.

Assessment Methods

Training for Success

Continuous assessment throughout the course of practical workshop and theory tasks. This will be presented as a portfolio of evidence. Practical aspects of the course are examined by an overall practical end test. Theory is tested at the end of each unit by an online, multiple choice exam. There will also be an externally set multiple choice exam.

Apprenticeships NI Level 2

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.

Training for Success

You must have attained the minimum school leaving age of 16 (up to 22 yrs for those who require additional support and 24 yrs for those in care) and be unemployed. And meet the GCSE entry criteria.  

ApprenticeshipsNI Level 2/Level 3

To be eligible to enter ApprenticeshipsNI programmes Level 2/Level 3 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 Employment and Learning; and pass any entry tests specified by the relevant sector/employer and approved by the Department for Employment and Learning.

In addition if you are an existing employer 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.

Training for Success

Achievement of the Level 1 Diploma could lead to progression to the Level 2 Diploma in Joinery. Progression will depend upon grades achieved and satisfactory progress reviews.

Achievement of the Level 2 Diploma could lead to employment within the Construction Industry with the possible opportunity to achieve an ApprenticeshipsNI Level 2. NB: Progression to ApprenticeshipsNI requires paid employment and will depend upon grades achieved and satisfactory progress reviews.

Apprenticehsips NI Level 2: Achievement of Level 2 ApprenticeshipsNI offers possible progression to ApprenticeshipsNI Level 3.

Achievement of ApprenticeshipsNI Level 3 offers possible progression to HNC/HND.

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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.

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