What does a carpenter do?
Carpenters make and build a wide range of wood fixtures and fittings for buildings. You’ll use a wide range of hand and power tools.
Aspects of the job include:
- understanding requirements from technical drawings and plans
- making and putting together doors, staircases and fitted furniture
- installing floorboards, partition walls, roof timbers and window frames (known as first fix)
- hanging doors, installing handles, skirting boards, cupboards and shelves
- making and assembling interiors for bars, shops and offices
- building stage sets for films and theatres productions
What do I need to do to become a carpenter?
Many people become carpenters and joiners after completing an apprenticeship. You can also take NVQ and BTEC qualifications in carpentry.
- Level 1 qualification in carpentry and joinery
- Level 2 qualification in carpentry and joinery
Where could I be working?
Many carpenters and joiners are self-employed so you’ll need to have good numeracy and administration skills.