Dorchester Living are searching for their next apprentices to join their team at their development at Heyford Park, Bicester, a former US and RAF airbase transforming into a modern take on the traditional countryside village. We’re looking to recruit candidates with a great attitude, and who are looking to learn and be part of a great team.

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Closing date: today

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual 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

    Hours to be confirmed, but shifts will be Monday - Friday.

    Total hours per week: 40

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 Sep 2023

  • Date posted

    09 May 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    3 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

The apprentice will be part of a strong team learning all elements of carpentry such as:

  • First fixes
  • Second fixes 
  • Roofing
  • Installation of floor joists and coverings, along with straight partitions

What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?

Carpentry and Joinery Level 2 Apprenticeship Standard:

Delivery model:

  • Work-based training with your employer
  • Day release during term time (approximately 1 day per week for 18 months)
  • Approximately 5 on-site assessment visits per year
  • Level 1 Functional Skills in Maths and English (7 days at college for each, if required)
  • Off the job training will count for at least 6 hours a week of an apprentice’s time at work

Qualifications included:

  • Level 1 Functional Skills in English and maths
  • Level 2 Carpentry and Joinery Apprenticeship

End Point Assessment:

  • Multiple choice knowledge test
  • Practical test
  • Professional discussion based on a portfolio of evidence

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

On successful completion of your apprenticeship, you will have the potential to be offered a full-time position as a qualified carpenter with Dorchester Living.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Team working, Physical fitness


GCSE or equivalent Maths and English (Grade A*-C 9/4 or equivalent) Desired

Things to consider

Please apply as soon as possible for this role. Should the right candidate be found prior to the closing date, then the vacancy may be closed early. Apprenticeship Assessment and Information Session: Any new person applying for apprenticeship roles where Abingdon and Witney College deliver the training will be required to attend an Apprenticeship Assessment and Information Session at Witney or Abingdon campus.  This will consist of a series of initial assessments (required prior to any apprenticeship offer), completion of essential paperwork, the opportunity to find out more about the apprenticeship process, the training included, and a forum for your questions.  As a new Apprenticeship applicant you will only have to undergo this process once. If you would like to talk to us about the assessments or if you would need any extra support to attend the Apprenticeship Assessment and Information Session please call us on 01235 216216.  Qualification checks:  By applying for this vacancy you are giving Abingdon and Witney College permission to undertake a Learner Record Service check on your previous qualifications. We make every effort to ensure that applicants from non-traditional academic backgrounds or those who may not have the formal GCSE entry requirements can access apprenticeships where possible. The National Minimum Wage (NMW) for Apprentices is £5.28 per hour from April 2023 but many employers pay more than this. This applies to 16 - 18 year old apprentices and those aged 19 and over during the first year of their apprenticeship. After this, the National Minimum wage appropriate to their age applies. The Wage for apprentices applies to both time spent on the job plus time spent training.

About the employer

Dorchester Living have over two decades of experience in the property sector and operate individual projects through a network of more than 20 independently owned or joint-venture subsidiary companies. Across the business we employ over 100 people, and we have a wide range of in-house expertise covering finance, planning, procurement, strategic infrastructure, civil engineering, housebuilding, commercial lettings, property management, community infrastructure management, ecology, and sales & marketing. As well as building new homes for sale, we also build for social and private rent and Commercial properties including our own recently opened Hotel and have several large projects planned in the next 2 years including a new school. We currently have over 500 units in our rental portfolio, overseen by our own dedicated management company.







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Training provider



Nairne Barker

01235 541111

Apprenticeship standard

Carpentry and joinery

Level 2 (GCSE)

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