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Carpenters and joiners make and install wooden fixtures and fittings. They can work in many areas, for instance on construction sites, fitting out shops and bars, and building sets for film and TV.

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.


Work activities

You will normally work between 39 and 45 hours a week, Monday to Friday. Overtime at weekends or evenings may be necessary to meet construction deadlines.

Some work can take place outdoors in all weathers, up ladders and on scaffolding or roofs. Some work is indoors where conditions could be quite dusty. You will use protective equipment on all jobs.

You will normally travel between sites, and you may occasionally work away from home on some contracts.


Working hours and conditions

Qualified joiners earn between £18,000 and £25,000 a year. With experience, this can rise from £26,000 to over £30,000 a year.

Overtime and shift allowances can increase income. Self-employed carpenters and joiners set their own rates.

Figures are intended as a guideline only.


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.

You can also get into this work through an Apprenticeship, to find out more, visit our vacancies page which is updated regularly.

Training and development

If you have any questions or queries relating to our courses or learning with NSPP contact us on 01457 238014, alternatively we can be reached via email at info@nspp.co.uk


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