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Apprentice Bench Joiner Doug Phillips

Apprentices are assigned to work under the guidance of an experienced bench joiner to cover machining and assembly of components manufactured in the workshop. The work varies considerably but includes bespoke items such as reception desks, reception area storage, banquette seating and specialist wall panelling including metal trims and upholstery.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

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Closing date: 31 Aug 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


    Wages explained

    Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that's part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

    Minimum Wage Rates

  • Working week

    Monday to Friday 8am - 4pm with 30 minute breaks at 10am and 1pm

    Total hours per week: 40.00

  • Expected duration

    18 months

  • Possible start date

    05 Sep 2022

  • Date posted

    01 Mar 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

As part of this role you will be required to study towards the Carpentry & Joinery (Bench Joinery) Level 2 Apprenticeship Standard at Colchester Institute.  

Key duties;

  • Assisting an experienced joiner with his duties which you will become more involved in as you learn and understand the requirements for each task.
  • Helping with deliveries in and out of the workshop.
  • Wrapping and protecting completed items prior to delivery.
  • Understanding how the machines are used in the workshop and working at the back of machines to assist the joiner.
  • Working from drawings and cutting lists to determine the materials required for particular tasks.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Confident approach
  • Good communicator
  • Have good interpersonal skills in particular communicating and working well with others
  • A basic understanding of maths

Personal qualities

  • Shows initiative, enthusiasm and attention to detail.
  • Interest in the trade

Desired qualifications

  • Essential: GCSE grades 3/D or above in maths and English (or equivalents)
  • All candidates will be required to complete Colchester Institute's mandatory initial assessment process before being put forward to the company. This will consist of online assessments.

Future prospects

  • To progress from a role as an apprentice to an improver and then to become a recognised, experienced bench joiner.
  • Both our workshop supervisor and workshop manager started as apprentices with the company.

Things to consider

  • There are times when overtime is required to be worked in order to meet deadlines.


  • Colchester Institute – Apprenticeship Team manage the applications to this role and you will be required to complete our initial assessment process before your application gets sent onto the employer.
  • Please be advised that the closing date for this role could be brought forward or extended if this vacancy receives a high number or low number of applicants and/or the company recruit before the closing date.
  • Whilst there are possible closing and start dates should you be available earlier this can be negotiated with the employer.
  • When applying to this role please factor in your transport methods and travel time/distance – will you be able to get to this role within a reasonable time, is it realistic to travel to and from this role on the salary being paid and have you researched your travel options? 

About the employer

Doug Phillips Limited are a long-established carpentry and joinery subcontractor. Our core business is site-based work covering commercial, residential and health sectors and our in-house joinery workshop supports our own business. All of our projects are based in London and the workshop is based in Maldon, Essex.


Doug Phillips


Unit 6b The Street Industrial Estate Heybridge Street




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Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Colchester Institute


Abby Drew

All delivered within the work place via online training and at Colchester Institute Campus. Candidates will undertake the Carpentry & Joinery (Bench Joinery) Level 2 apprenticeship standard.

Apprenticeship standard

Carpentry and joinery

Level 2 (GCSE)

Employer's Application Instructions

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

Apply now

Closing date: 31 Aug 2022