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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

Peer Apprentice Liaison and Diversion

HUMANKIND CHARITY
Middlesbrough Police Station, Zetland Road, Middlesbrough TS1 1EG
Posted
We have an exciting opportunity to join our Liaison and Diversion Team as a Peer Apprentice, based at Middlesbrough. The successful candidate will help improve the lives of people with vulnerabilities as they go through the custody and court process. You will work as part of a team to provide support/guidance to engage with relevant services.
Course Route
Care services
Start date
Duration
12 Months
Hours per week
30.00
Apprenticeship Level
Intermediate
Provider
EAST DURHAM COLLEGE

Early Years Apprentice

Pelton Community 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

Manufacturing Apprentice

TWR TRADE FRAMES LIMITED
3-4 WHITEHOUSE WAY, SOUTH WEST INDUSTRIAL ESTATE, PETERLEE SR8 2RA
Posted
TWR Tradeframes Ltd is a family owned business and one of the UK’s leading aluminium trade fabricators manufacturing and assembling aluminium bi-folding doors. They are looking for 2 apprentices to join their team, who will work alongside the Production Manager to gain experience and knowledge of fabrication and manufacturing techniques.
Course Route
Engineering and manufacturing
Start date
Duration
12 Months
Hours per week
40.00
Apprenticeship Level
Intermediate
Provider
EAST DURHAM COLLEGE