Apprentice Bench Joiner/Cabinet Maker Churchill Brothers

An opportunity to gain first-hand experience of working in a busy a joinery environment. Your training will include hands-on learning from timber selection and machining to assembly of products and finishing. You will be trained in joinery and cabinet making. The role is varied as you will gain experience working for all departments.

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

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Closing date: 28 Jun 2024

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

    Monday to Friday 7.30am – 4.00pm with a morning break and lunch break.

    Total hours per week: 40

  • Expected duration

    24 Months

  • Possible start date

    09 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    14 May 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

Day to day duties include;

  • Timber selection and sizing ready for machining
  • Gluing and cramping to produce panels ready for further processing
  • Interpreting drawings to produce cutting lists and rods
  • Marking out and machining of timbers
  • Assembling and jointing
  • Finishing to a given standard ready for passing to paint shop

Key responsibilities include;

  • Maintaining a clear and safe working environment
  • Daily cleaning/sweeping of the dust extract plant and briquette manufacturing building
  • Checking in of stock and correctly storing the items
  • Construction of drawer inserts for our kitchen team
  • Assisting senior joiner with all processes

The training you will be getting

  • The Apprentice will be working towards the Level 2 Carpentry & Joinery (Bench Joinery) Apprenticeship Standard for a duration of 24 months
  • College attendance will be at the Colchester Institute - Colchester Campus one day per week during term time

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

Once qualified you will normally work as a junior cabinet maker or bench joiner for another two years to properly hone your skills. Speed, accuracy and problem solving cannot be taught in a classroom, they are not obtained with a certificate and only come with experience.  Progression from this point will be entirely on merit and will lead to becoming a senior bench joiner or cabinet maker where you will be responsible for your own jobs from start to finish. Progression beyond this may include becoming a supervisor of other members of staff, or a workshop manager or moving into fitting of the furniture on site. You may also find you have a natural affinity to becoming a workshop machinist or even a finisher/painter. Opportunities may arise to become more office-based and get involved in site measuring and producing cutting lists and drawings and ordering of materials.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Number skills, Logical, Team working, Creative, Initiative, Patience, Physical fitness, Timekeeping and punctuality


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 9-3/A*-D) Essential
GCSE or equivalent maths (Grade 9-6/A*-B) Essential

Things to consider

You will be on your feet for the whole day and your day may sometimes involve physical duties such as manual handling of materials or assisting with deliveries. Public transport is not easily accessed from our location, please consider how you would travel to the site.

About the employer

Churchill Brothers design, manufacture and install bespoke household furniture and joinery items. We currently employ a total of 18 people. We have one site to include factory and office and 1 offsite showroom. We are based in Suffolk in the village of Leavenheath. We offer employee pension scheme and free on site parking.


Churchill Brothers






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Training provider


Adjustments for experience

You could reduce your training time, or finish your apprenticeship faster, if you have relevant prior learning or experience. This could be relevant:

  • training
  • qualifications, like an NVQ in a relevant field
  • industry or sector experience


Colchester Institute - Apprenticeship Team

01206 712043

Apprenticeship standard

Carpentry and joinery

Level 2 (GCSE)

Demonstrating experience

If your application is successful, you will have a chance to discuss your relevant prior learning or experience with your training provider and employer. You will all need to agree any adjustments to your training plan.

You should be prepared to show your competence, and evidence of relevant qualifications

Employer's Application Instructions

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

Apply now

Closing date: 28 Jun 2024