There are 1,817,049 employees in the construction industry and there is a shortfall of approximately 40,000 skilled employees. Therefore this apprenticeship framework has been designed to help meet the skills priorities of the sector. Typically an individual who is working towards this apprenticeship framework will assume the role of a junior site carpenter, bench joiner or shop-fitter bench joiner and will complete the following tasks; For a site carpenter working on a construction site/domestic or commercial premises, carry out first and second fixings erecting complex structural carcassing components (trussed rafter roofs, traditional cut roofs), and for those working in a joiners shop, to produce wood products such as doors window frames and stair cases.
The construction industry has had for many years a traditional apprenticeship programme covering the craft occupations. This framework will help to attract, retain and develop talent into a range of craft occupations at Intermediate (Level 2) and Advanced (Level 3) in construction building and provide progression to supervisory and management level in order to provide the industry with a well-trained productive workforce. Craft occupations for painting and decorating, bricklaying, craft masonry, carpentry, joinery, shop fitting, maintenance and wood machining are carried out in either workshops or construction sites and within domestic or commercial premises.
On completing the qualifications required on this pathway, the total number of credits an apprentice will attain on the Qualifications, and Credit Framework (QCF) are 96 for Competence, 51 for Knowledge, 10 for Functional Skills, 3 for ERR, totalling 160. The minimum expected duration of programme is 12 months for those aged under 19. For those aged 19 or over, the minimum expected duration of programme is 12 months unless accredited or Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) against any part of the framework exists, then the minimum duration for those aged 19+ may become 6 months.
About this qualification
This is a QCF qualification that confirms competency in working in wood occupations. The learner will learn how to conform to general health, safety and welfare in the workplace, how to conform to productive working practices in the workplace and how to move, handle and store resources in the workplace, as well as learn some advanced skills and techniques used in wood occupations. There are no entry requirements for this qualification – anyone over the age of 16 that is seeking to demonstrate competence in working in wood occupations can take this qualification. However, the learner is likely to hold the Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Wood Occupations (Construction), or have significant experience working with wood within the construction industry.
Why take this qualification?
City & Guilds offers a range of qualifications in construction crafts: Level 1, 2 and 3 Diplomas that are taught full-time in college, and Level 2 and 3 NVQs that are completed in the workplace (work-based learning). Diplomas can teach advanced skills and gain the learner employment, however many large construction sites require the NVQ to demonstrate the learner is able to work safely and competently on-site. The learner will take this Level 3 NVQ qualification if they are currently employed or have previously been employed as a carpenter, and wish to demonstrate their ability to work safely and competently, and in a supervisory capacity, as an advanced craftsman.
What could this qualification lead to?
This qualification prepares the learner for work in the construction industry, with a specific focus on wood occupations. Upon completion they can apply to CSCS, or other industry card schemes, to gain a recognised skills card. If they wish to progress further in construction, they may wish to study any of the following qualifications:
- 601/1899/4 Level 4 NVQ Diploma in Construction Site Supervision (Construction)
- 601/1792/8 Level 6 NVQ Diploma in Construction Site Management (Construction)
Who supports this qualification?
This qualification is widely supported in the construction sector. City & Guilds are grateful to have specific support from the Federation of Master Builders for the Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Wood Occupations (Construction).