• Trades

    Pre-Apprenticeship in Carpentry and Joinery @ SCQF4

  • SCQF Level

    Level 4

  • Attendance/Duration

    Full-time, one year

  • Start Date

    Aug 2022

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At the moment, we are only interviewing for waiting list places for this course.

Taylor Wimpey are one of the largest national housebuilders in the UK who have a number of sites in Ayrshire and are a key partner in the delivery of construction courses in Ayrshire College, sending all bricklaying and joinery apprentices in the West of Scotland to complete their offsite training at our Ayr Campus.

Taylor Wimpey focus on getting the basics of homebuilding right first time, such as quality, customer service and health and safety, and aim to continually improve all parts of their business and are very keen to maintain a talent pipeline of skilled employees, recruiting trades apprentices throughout the UK each year.

To help supporting talented individuals looking to become Taylor Wimpey apprentices, Taylor Wimpey will assist in sponsoring this course by providing site visits and work experience on live sites in Ayrshire and speak with members of the Taylor Wimpey Management Team who will be able to give you first hand advice as to how to kick start your career in the construction industry. In addition they will kit you out in the same branded workwear as the apprentices to make you feel part of the Taylor Wimpey family.

If you’d like to learn a trade, then this course is a great place to start. All our trades staff are highly skilled and experienced, and fully committed to sharing their expertise and knowledge with you. Ayrshire College is also recognised as a Centre of Excellence by the Construction Industry Training Board, so there really is no better place for men and women to come and learn a trade!

What's involved

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.

Go Anywhere

Please note that while Ayrshire College is extremely grateful to receive the support of Taylor Wimpey in the delivery of this course, completion of the course is not a guarantee to an apprenticeship or employment by Taylor Wimpey.

In this course you will have built transferable Essential Skills in meaningful contexts to help you become more effective in life, learning, and work. This could be communication, numeracy, ICT, working with others, and problem solving.

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. 


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.

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Aug 2022

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