If you enjoy working with wood, there are endless opportunities to put your skills to good use. Carpenters and joiners are needed for everything from house building and shopfitting to restoring historic buildings and building film sets.
At Derby College you’ll develop your practical abilities, improve your knowledge of the theory, and gain the experience you need to make real headway in wood occupations. We’ve also teamed up with employers to offer apprenticeship routes into carpentry and joinery.
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You need English and maths skills to get on in life. They will support your studies at the College, help with everyday tasks and pave the way to future career success.
If you don’t already have a grade C or above in GCSE English and Maths – or equivalent qualifications – you will continue studying these subjects as part of your course at Derby College.
We’ll support you all the way: working with you on the right programme of development throughout your time with us.
When you’ve completed your course, why not broaden your horizons further still at Derby College? Additional qualifications in subjects such as Engineering, ICT and Motor Vehicle Engineering are exciting choices. Or check out our courses in Business, Enterprise and Management if you would like to set up a venture of your own.
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.
Painter and decorator
£18,000 per year.
£18,000 per year.
Constructing and repairing
£24,000 per year
Working on house extensions
£25,000 per year.
Repairing plant and machinery
Construction project manager
£31,500 per year.
Overseeing major schemes
£40,000 per year.
Advising on financial and contractual matters
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