Carpenter (Bench Joinery) Apprentice ARDEN WINDOWS LTD

As an apprentice you will be learning whilst at college and during employment at the workplace. You will be required to assist in some of the different elements to manufacturing bespoke joinery this will include manufacturing timber windows and doors and glazing to meet the standards of the apprenticeship to gain the qualification.

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Closing date: 02 Jun 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    We offer the national apprenticeship wage for first 12 months, wage will then be set to national minimum wage for age category.

    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

    Within the work week of Monday - Friday, hours to be set. Minimum of 8 hours Monday - Thursday, 6 hours on a Friday. Aged 18+, hours can be set to Monday - Thursday 10 hours per day, up to 40 hours a week.

    Total hours per week: 38

  • Expected duration

    24 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 Jul 2024

  • Date posted

    10 May 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    3 available

What you will do in your working day

Working in our workshop with qualified joiners to build wood products, such as windows and doors, and bespoke products. You will be shaping and cutting materials by setting out, marking out and manufacturing basic architectural products and all associated ironmongery. You will be using and array of basic and technical tools to complete tasks under supervision, working to drawings.

  • Assist in parts of the process of manufacturing bespoke joinery, this will vary as your progress through the apprenticeship.
  • Learning skills required for the role and ensuring you follow health and safety rules and regulations.
  • Ensuring that general tasks throughout the workshop are completed.

You will work under the supervision of Craftsman Joiners, Joiner Supervisors and Managers during your apprenticeship and as your skill base increases you will undertake:

  • Using a range of joinery hand tools and portable machinery (drills, sanders, routers).
  • Assemble joinery items such as doors, windows and bespoke furniture, all of which involves manual handling.
  • Undertake supervised minor works to facilitate the above duties.
  • Learn and develop your skills, both on the job and at college.

The training you will be getting

Apprenticeship standard Carpentry and Joinery level 2.

Functional Skills in English and maths of required.

Pathway  - Architectural Joinery (Bench Joinery).

Location - North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire college, Harrowbrook construction campus Hinckley.

Block release 4 days (Monday - Thursday) every 6 weeks.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

Permanent position for the right candidate / Following completion of your apprenticeship there is a high chance of an opportunity for continued employment however this is not guaranteed.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Presentation skills, Number skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Creative, Initiative, Patience, Physical fitness


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 3) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 3) Essential

Things to consider

Basic communication skills and some maths skills will be required for the technical side of manufacturing bespoke Joinery including reading detailed drawings and written job specifications to work from and follow. The workshop environment can be noisy and fast paced. Be willing to learn and put into practise what you learn. Processes can be monotonous for manufacturing so a positive outlook would be beneficial. We will accept school leavers, with a genuine desire to learn the carpentry trade and pursue a career in the construction industry.

About the employer

Established in 1989 Arden Windows are a UK manufacturer and installer of premium quality, high-performance timber windows and doors. We utilise advanced manufacturing techniques and complex CNC automation to manufacture market leading products in precision engineered timber. We have an extensive range of both traditional and modern contemporary product solutions, alongside a truly outstanding bespoke product design capability and a full sub-contract installation service. Operating from our 73,000 sq ft manufacturing unit we utilise advanced CNC machinery and an automated paint line to enable us to manufacture high quality, factory glazed, fully finished timber windows and doors in volume. Alongside this, we employ the services of skilled joiners and time-served craftsmen to undertake bespoke detailing and profiling for specialist projects. This is expertly managed by our Production Manager and his team who are all committed to our organisational values.








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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

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

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