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
Jordan Edwards is among many Derby College learners who have seized the chance to gain international work experience. A maintenance operative apprentice at Derby Homes, he headed to Angers in France to explore traditional eco-construction and landscaping techniques.
Jordan secured his apprenticeship after completing a full-time Bench Joinery course at the College, winning a 2014 Peak Award along the way in recognition of his excellent practical skills.
The opportunity to go on an international work exchange came courtesy of the College’s success in gaining European funding. Jordan and two other Derby Homes apprentices joined learners from Finland, France, Croatia and Greece in workshops exploring themes such as how to build a sustainable house from straw and how to make paints from natural materials.
I really enjoyed the whole international experience and we have learnt so many different building techniques that can reduce the carbon footprint of the construction industry.