Job Description

Carpenters are responsible for wood-based construction. As such, the carpentry trade is one with a huge variety of work available.

Jobs can range from full scale projects such as the craft of buildings to creating sets of shelving.


Required NVQ

Red CSCS Card

NVQ Trainee

Green CSCS Card

NVQ Level 1

Blue CSCS Card

NVQ Level 2

Gold CSCS Card (Supervisors)

NVQ Level 3

Black CSCS Card (Managers)

NVQ Level 4

Why is this a Job for Me?

If you have a good eye for detail, good geometric skills and are physically fit.

Average Salary

£13,000 - £28,000

Required Skills

  • Attention to detail and high levels of accuracy
  • Geometric and algebraic skills for measuring angles
  • Good hand-eye coordination and dexterity
  • High levels of fitness and good balance
  • Reliability and good communication skills

Working Hours


Carpentry has fairly intensive working hours - you can expect to work 45 hours per week with the possibility of overtime at weekends or on evenings, with some contracts demanding that you work away from home for them.

Qualification Pathways

Level 2 NVQ

Diploma in Wood Occupations (site carpentry)

Level 3 NVQ

Diploma in Wood Occupations (site carpentry)

Level 3 NVQ

Diploma in Occupational Work Supervision

Other technical, supervisory and management qualifications

Career Progression


Specialist Carpenter

Company Director



You can find yourself constructing window and door frames, shelving and partitions for shops, offices, restaurants, council buildings and any number of public structures.


Measure and cut to shape floorboards and window frames.

Bench carpentry

If you prefer the idea of crafting fine furniture pieces then a career in bench carpentry will suit you.


Fit large structures such as staircases on a major site at development stage.

Formwork joiners

Create temporary ‘shuttering’ to aid the installation of concrete formwork on a construction site.

Required PPE

Sturdy shoes with a protective toe box and non-slip soles

Hard hat

Earplugs/ear defenders

Protective goggles/visor


Odour masks

Required Tools


The perfect device for boring holes in wood, its simple time honoured corkscrew design produces extremely clean holes.


Perhaps the most obvious tool a carpenter requires, a good handsaw will help you cut pieces of wood into different shapes.


This small string suspended weight is used to test plumb lines. It stops swinging when perfectly vertical.


A classic fastening device to secure an object tightly to a bench or to another object - this will quite obviously be a must have tool for construction and woodworking.

Rulers, squares, levels and compasses

Measuring tool are an integral part of a carpenter’s job - the work often demands high levels of precision, and these items will ensure you can plot your work carefully and professionally.


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