Construction is a huge industry covering housing, commercial premises (like shops, hotels or offices) and industrial buildings (like factories or warehouses). Within construction there are several key trades, including bricklaying, joinery, and painting and decorating. Skilled tradesmen usually find themselves in high demand - from homeowners as well as industry - so if you invest in your abilities now, you could have a great future ahead!
For entry to this course you’ll need:
- To be over 16 years of age at the start of course
- National 5 Design and Manufacture or National 5 Practical Woodworking
- A real interest in bench joinery
You’ll have an advantage if you’ve also got:
- National 5 Graphic Communication
- City & Guilds Certificate in Carpentry and Joinery (Level 4) OR prior experience in Carpentry & Joinery
If you don’t have formal qualifications, but have previous employment, practical or life experience, then we’ll also consider you for a place, so please call us for a chat.
Bench joinery involves making products in a workshop which will then be fitted on site, such as doors, windows, staircases or units. This course focuses on the skills you’ll need for a career in bench joinery. As you might expect, you’ll do loads of practical work, but with a bit of theory too so you can find out what you need to know to work successfully in this trade.
We’ll help you develop your skills for employment, such as working as part of a team.
- You’ll start by learning to master your main tool of the trade, a circular saw and develop skills in cutting timber and boards.
- You’ll look at ‘setting out’ and ‘marking out’ details for bench joinery products. You’ll learn to work with given drawings and other information, and to select the materials and tools you’ll need to manufacture a product.
- You’ll manufacture your own bench joinery products from start to finish - a semi-glazed door and a straight flight stair.
- On the theory side, you’ll explore building methods and construction technology, including construction of walls, floors and roofs. You’ll look at health and safety aspects, such as accident and emergency reporting procedures, and working at height.
You’ll also have the chance to:
- Put your new skills into action, with a real craft project in the local community. Previous projects include building playhouses and timber mazes in playgrounds and renovating the Swan Pond Café at Culzean Country Park. Whatever the project, we’ll make sure employers get to see your project and the new skills you’ve now got.
- Go on placements/work experience with local employers such as a joinery firm, builder or double glazing company.
When you successfully complete this course, you’ll have the choice of:
- Moving onto City & Guilds Diploma in Site Carpentry (Level 6)
- Seeking to start your career with a joinery apprenticeship.
BE INSPIRED BY OUR BLOGS
- Find out what it’s really like - Carpentry and Joinery student Jack McBride talks about his experience at Ayrshire College, including winning Student of the Year for Construction, Technology and Trades. Click here to read the blog.
- Be among the best - discover how Carpentry and Joinery student Stuart Queen ranked as one of the top joiners in the UK at the WorldSkills National Finals and went onto win Ayr Guildry Apprentice of the Year. Click here to read the blog.
- Putting skills to good use – see how a group of Carpentry and Joinery students came to the rescue of a local nursery school. Click here to read the blog.