Architectural Joinery Apprenticeship Level 3

As an Advanced Architectural Joiner you will normally be employed in a workshop, producing complex building components by setting out, marking out and manufacturing bespoke architectural products (e.g. doors, windows, staircases with turns and panelling/cladding).

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18-24 Months


Start: September 2020


On completion of this apprenticeship, you will have the same occupational knowledge as an architectural joiner but will also:

  • Understand the technical principles of advanced architectural joinery, using this knowledge to set out and produce cutting lists for complex and non-standard products, marking, manufacturing, fitting and assembling complex, non-standard products
  • Understand how to take complex site and workplace dimensions, such as measuring curved openings and ensuring that units fit obtuse/acute angled walls
  • Understand how to form and proportion advanced wood joints associated with complex architectural joinery work, such as subbed rebate joints, stub mortice and tenon joints and bridle joints
  • Understand how to set up, use and maintain fixed machinery used for complex joinery tasks, such as developing and using specialist jigs to manufacture curved timber products

Optional (as determined by the employer)

  • Understand the principles of computer aided design (CAD) and how to apply them to produce CAD setting out details and set out by CAD
  • Understand how to set up and use computer numerically controlled/numerically controlled (CNC/NC) machinery to produce timber and timber-based products

Entry Requirements

You must have an employer to support you through your Apprenticeship and give you time off work to attend college.  You must have secure employment to be able to enroll on this course.

You will also need a minimum grade 2 or above in GCSE English and grade 1 or above in GCSE Maths or a relevant level 1 vocational qualification.

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Assessment Methods

  • Knowledge test
  • Skills test


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Fees & Funding

As an apprentice it will not cost you anything to do the course.  If you are aged 19 or over your employer will be expected to make a contribution towards your tuition fees.

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    Brunel Construction Centre

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    Kirklees College