What are the key responsibilities for this position?
A carpenter is a trained craftsperson skilled in woodwork. She/he measures, marks, cuts, shapes, fits and finishes timber – either by hand or with power tools.
They can work in many areas, for instance on construction sites, fitting out shops and bars, and building sets for film and TV. If you enjoy working with wood and want to put your practical skills to good use, this could be an ideal career for you. You'll need an eye for detail, good maths skills for working out measurements and the ability to follow technical plans. Employers usually want people with some construction experience and relevant qualifications. You could start as a joiner's mate or labourer to get some site experience then take further training to qualify. Another common way into this career is through an Apprenticeship scheme.
What The Job Involves
Employers usually look for people with some on-site experience and qualifications. If you have not worked in construction before, you may be able to start as a joiner's mate or labourer to get site experience. Once working, your employer may offer you training in carpentry and joinery.
Another route is to take a full-time or part-time college course in carpentry and joinery. This would give you some of the knowledge and practical skills needed for the job and may improve your chances of finding work in the industry.
What key skills and personal attributes help with this role?
Skills & Attributes
How much can you expect to earn and what are the career progression options?
Salary & Progression
Kelsey Tuffin was awarded our Student of the Year at our recent Graduation Ceremony.
Kelsey Tuffin came to the Trust in April 2016, when she attended a Budding Builders course at the Bermondsey Training Centre where she earnt her CSCS card. Kelsey impressed us all with her work ethic and her skill as a joiner, and was invited back to Bermondsey as a volunteer to work with the next course.
Kelsey achieved a placement with JT Ellis and has since been offered a job as a carpenter - more proof (if it were needed) that jobs in construction are not just for boys!