Pembrokeshire College, Merlins Bridge, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, SA61 1SZ




Planks of timber.

If you are interested in a “hands on” career in the Wood Occupations Construction Industry then this is the programme for you. Learn by practice and develop key carpentry and joinery skills.

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If not taken as an apprenticeship – cost:


Is this course right for me?

People of any age can undertake an apprenticeship in Carpentry. Access is subject to interview. Apprenticeships in Carpentry comprise of:

  • College based training one day per week
  • An NVQ qualification which is assessed in the workplace
  • Literacy, Numeracy and Digital Literacy Qualifications unless you are exempt
  • If you have not completed a “Foundation” or “Core”, you will need to undertake a Level 2 as part of this Apprenticeship.

To apply for an apprenticeship, you must have an employer willing to employ you for the duration of your apprenticeship and cannot be achieved without employment in the trade.

Your employer will need to:

  • Be able to release you one day per week to attend college
  • Provide us with evidence of suitable insurance and evidence of your employment status
  • Be happy to discuss Health and Safety procedures with your assessor
  • Pay you the appropriate national minimum wage, including for college days


  • In college: One day per week in college over Two to three years depending on previous qualifications and industry experience.
  • In the workplace: Employers must agree to monthly planned assessor visits to observe you and to discuss your progress with a supervisor.

Learners must be at least 16 years of age and in employment for at least 16 hours per week. If you do not have an employer but would still like to join the one day per week training course, you should visit the Adult Learner page – ‘Carpentry – Core‘.

Places on Apprenticeship Programmes are limited and subject to capacity. An offer of employment does not guarantee an immediate place in college.

Transport: Please note that for apprenticeship courses the college day would normally end anytime between 5pm – 7pm, depending on the apprenticeship pathway you are following. As college buses leave at 4pm, you will need to ensure you have your own transport in place.

Any questions?

If you have any questions about this course, please do not hesitate to contact our work-based learning team on 01437 753 205 or via email
Find out more about starting an apprenticeship on our Frequently Asked Questions page.
  • Two GCSEs at grade D or above (may include one relevant equivalent) to include English Language/First Language Welsh and Mathematics/Numeracy
  • A subject related skills test may be required at the course information session
  • Each application is considered on individual merit
  • Entry is subject to attending a course information session or informal interview
  • If you do not meet the entry requirements we may offer you another course as an alternative
  • Learners must be at least 16 years old

Units include:

  • 301 Understanding Construction Practice in Wales
  • 302 Working in the Construction Sector in Wales
  • 303 Planning and evaluating work in the Construction Sector in Wales
  • 304 Conform to general workplace health, safety and welfare
  • 305 Conform to productive work practices
  • 306 Move, handle or store resources
  • 212 Site Carpentry core knowledge
  • 213 Install first fixing components
  • 214 Install second fixing components
  • 215 Erect structural carcassing components
  • 335 Maintain non-structural carpentry work
  • 336 Set up and use transportable cutting and shaping machine
  • 314 Install complex first and second fixing components
  • 315 Erect roof structure carcassing components

There are specific requirements for activities you need to be able to carry out in the workplace. After you have applied, an assessor will contact you and your employer to discuss how to meet these requirements.

Learners are able to complete either the full qualification or certain units or elements through the medium of Welsh/bilingually. Visit our Welsh Language in the College page to find out what else is available to you.

  • Continuous assessment during the course
  • Practical assessment during the course
  • Portfolio of evidence
  • Online examination
  • If taken as an apprenticeship then reviews with your assessor and employer will take place every 1-2 months and you will be expected to have developed your skills and knowledge between each review

Higher Apprenticeship in Construction Management

  • Stationery - you will be told about any specific items before you start the course
  • Carpentry work trousers - £30
  • Carpentry safety boots/shoes - £14/£39
  • You may be eligible for funding. Find out more on our student finance page

Any costs above are approximate and may change. For information on refunds and course cancellations please see the fee policy.

Are you an Employer looking to take on an Apprentice?

Find out more about apprenticeships and the advantages for you as an Employer on our Employer Training page.

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Last updated: 17/05/2024
The College takes all reasonable steps to provide the educational services and courses as described above. Details are correct at the time of editing but may be subject to change without prior notice. Courses will not run if student numbers are insufficient. The College has the right to refuse individuals entry to courses in certain circumstances. Prospective students may be advised of more suitable alternatives, if appropriate. The entry requirements stated are those that are normally required to undertake the programme of study.
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