This hands-on short course will introduce the enthusiastic novice to the trade, all within an informal and relaxed learning environment.
If you are not looking to achieve a recognised qualification in carpentry and joinery but would still like to learn the basic principles, this is the right course for you!
You will be taught by specialists who will provide in-time demonstrations and expert tips on how to get started.
The course is open to all adults aged 19+.
There are no formal entry requirements for this experience - you just need a keen interest in DIY and saving money!
Each week you will be introduced to a new carpentry and joinery task to complete and to put into practice, such as constructing joints, fixing skirting and hanging doors.
You will also be introduced to specialist tools/power tools and how to use these correctly.
In addition you will have the opportunity to ask for advice on your very own planned or existing projects that require expert recommendations and support.
Please contact our Learning for Leisure team should you have any questions concerning this.
This is a non-accredited course with no formal assessment criteria - just observe, have a go and enjoy!
All materials are included.
You are likely to get messy, so consider wearing appropriate clothing. As you will be working within a practical workshop environment, safety steel-capped shoes must be worn at all times.
You could consider studying another construction-related course such as:
• Wallpapering Skills for Beginners
• An Introduction to Plastering
• DIY Home Skills for Beginners
Former joinery apprentice Joe Evans says the "sky's the limit" after gaining a First Class Honours degree in Quantity Surveying.
Twenty-seven-year old Joe, from Belper, now heads a team for Barratt Homes while running four housing projects across the East Midlands.
He started with Barratt as a joinery apprentice on day release to Derby College but switched to the National Certificate in Construction while working as a trainee quantity surveyor.
Joe then went on to take the college's Foundation Degree in Quantity Surveying, gaining distinctions for both his construction and foundation course.
Moving on to Nottingham Trent University, he was one of just three part-time students – two of whom were also from Derby College – to be awarded First Class Honours Degrees.
Joe said his Derby college lecturers were excellent and praised the depth and variety of the courses which "set me up" for the future.
Now a senior quantity surveyor, Joe said:
Currently, I'm running four housing developments, in Derby, Leicester, Nottingham and Worksop. The sky's the limit really and the foundations came from Derby College.