Level 2 Apprenticeship in Carpentry

The programme provides practical training and the opportunity to develop skills within the construction industry. This is achieved by attending college one day a week and working a minimum of 16 hours per week in the work place. Carshalton College provides the underpinning and supporting knowledge along with practical training to work safely and efficiently within the carpentry and construction industry.

The technical certificate covers the knowledge requirement the course also includes numeracy and literacy delivery to assist in the requirements for the work place. In addition to this you will be assessed in the work place to provide evidence of working at a competent level to be able to satisfy the requirements of the NVQ Level 2.


Course Content

Framework & Qualifications – Carpentry & Joinery
Apprentices work towards a number of qualifications called a “Framework”; this usually includes an NVQ Level 2, a Technical Certificate, at least two Key Skills and Employment Rights & Responsibilities. Some frameworks also have
additional skills tests.

The Apprenticeship Framework for Carpentry has the following qualifications
NVQ Wood Occupations – Site Carpentry – Level 2

  • Unit VR01 Conform to general workplace safety
  • Unit VR02 Conform to efficient work practices
  • Unit VR03 Move and handle resources
  • Unit VR09 Install first fixing components
  • Unit VR10 Install second fixing components
  • Unit VR11 Erect structural carcassing components OR
  • Unit VR13 Set up and use circular saws


Intermediate Construction Award – Wood Occupations – Site
Carpentry Route

  • Unit ICA 100 Store Materials and Equipment
  • Unit ICA 101 Erect and Dismantle Basic Working Platforms
  • Unit ICA 102 Work Efficiently
  • Unit ICA 107 First Fixing Before Plasterwork
  • Unit ICA 108 Second Fixing After Plasterwork
  • Unit ICA 109 Carcassing for Floors and Roofs
  • Unit ICA 110 Use Portable Power Tools
  • Construction Skills Health & Safety Test


Key Skills

  • Application of Number Level 1
  • Communication Level 1
  • Employment Rights & Responsibilities
  • Supporting Craft Occupations

Entry Requirements

An average of grade C/4 in English and Maths GCSEs or successful completion of a Level 1 programme are required, the candidate will also need to:

  • Demonstrate your commitment and skills in an interview.
  • Have an 85% attendance on current course or at school
  • Behaviour and punctuality must be excellent and a reference from current course tutor or school will be required.
  • Suitability


Anyone working a minimum of 16 hours per week in paid employment, working within the Carpentry and Construction industry


2 years, one day a week - Friday


Upon successful completion of the Level 2 Apprenticeship programme you may be eligible to undertake the Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship Certificate.

Additional Information

For information about course costs, please see the Carshalton College fees policy.

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