Not only is carpentry one of the world’s oldest and most respected professions, it has also been a vital component in human evolution—shaping and developing the very world as we know it. 

Fast-forward to present day, and like most skilled trades, carpentry is currently in huge demand thanks to the UK’s booming construction industry. 

2021 has seen construction grow at its fastest rate for nearly 25 years, with both commercial and domestic operations contributing significantly to that rise. At the centre of all that, is a desperate need for qualified carpenters.

What is a carpenter? 

A carpenter’s skill set is one that is fundamental to the construction industry, and without them, things would come to a screeching halt. 

Recognised as incredibly skilled craftsmen, carpenters have been traditionally known to work predominantly with wood—though the profession now covers a much wider variety of materials. Responsibilities can vary depending on experience and the environment in which you work, though some of the more typical tasks can include: 

  • Reading blueprints and technical drawings to understand project requirements
  • Taking accurate measurements and providing material / time estimates
  • Cutting, shaping and finishing various building materials 
  • Building doors, window frames, staircases etc for domestic or commercial settings
  • Erecting scaffolding and other building structures
  • Laying flooring and roofs
  • Carving, assembling and installing furniture
  • Carrying out inspections and repairs

Carpentry is often split into two different aspects; rough and finish. Rough carpentry is generally used in the earlier stages of construction, and is vital when it comes to ensuring a structure is built to a secure and safe standard.

Finish carpentry usually comes once the structure is up, and as its name suggests, is all about putting the finishing touches on a building with expert precision before it is occupied.

Who is the Introduction to Carpentry course aimed at? 

The Introduction to Carpentry course is perfect for beginners who want to gain an entry-level knowledge of the industry, while learning a range of basic—but incredibly useful—carpentry skills. 

This beginner programme is also an excellent starting point for anyone who may be contemplating pursuing a carpentry qualification in the future. 

What will you cover?

Throughout five days of entirely hands-on training, participants will be taught the essential skills that form the basis of professional carpentry.

Those enrolled in the course will be covering things like: 

  • How to use hand tools, such as chisels, planes etc
  • Cutting basic joints
  • Cutting and fitting architraves and skirtings
  • Fitting locks
  • Fitting doors into a lining / frame

Designed and taught by experts, this intensive training plan will ensure you feel completely comfortable undertaking the variety of tasks you’ve covered over the five days, once you leave the centre. 

Recognised by City & Guilds as a comprehensive introduction to the profession, upon completion you will receive a C&G assured certificate confirming each of the skills you have learned. 

What can you do next?

Once you’ve got to grips with the basics, further carpentry training can be offered by Able Skills, as can the opportunity to become certified. 

More advanced skills can be learned via the City & Guilds Carpentry Course and anyone wanting to broaden their capabilities might consider the City & Guilds Carpentry & Joinery Combined Course. 

From there, there is the option to work towards your NVQ Level 2, which is an essential qualification for any professional carpenter wanting to work on site. 

Want to learn more about our Introduction to Carpentry course? We’d be happy to chat! give us a call on 01322 280 202, request a brochure or visit us at our training centre.