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Helping you find a career as a Carpenter

Carpenters and joiners work with wood to create structures, furniture and fittings. You could be working to make handcrafted kitchen worktops, chairs or other furniture. Most crafted wood objects come under a carpenters remit, depending on their individual speciality.


What does a Carpenter do?
Your day-to-day work will include:
  • Designing and create wooden structures and furnishings

  • Cutting and shaping floorboards, window frames and timber for all purposes

  • Creating furniture

  • Installing kitchens

  • Creating stage furnishings for theatre

  • Fitting shop interiors
Skills & interests required for a Carpenter
  • Practical maths skills for calculating angles and joints

  • Physically fit and active

  • Safety Conscious

  • Attention to detail

  • Practical/technical skills
What hours does a Carpenter typically do?
You will usually work in the region of 39-45 hours a week. Most roles will distribute these hours across the weekday period, although some jobs may require working in the evenings or on weekends.
What environment is a Carpenter based in?
This varies depending on the role but could include private houses, bars, shop floors, construction sites, warehouses and workshops.
How much does a Carpenter get paid?
Salaries start around £16,000 per annum but can grow with experience to as much as £40,000.
What qualifications does a Carpenter need?
You will need technical and practical skills more than academic education, however an understanding of basic mathematics will help in designing furniture and other wooden structures, as will qualifications in design and technology.