Becoming a Carpenter in the UK – Carpenters and joiners install and build timber fixtures and fittings. They will apply their skills in many areas, for instance on fitting out retail units and pubs, erecting film and television scenery and sets, along with traditional building and construction sites.
If you love working with wood and have a yen to use your practical capabilities in a positive way, carpentry and joinery could possibly be an excellent profession for you.
The main requirements for this trade are an eye for detail, good mathematical skills for working out sizes and measurements and the ability to follow technical blueprints and plans.
Potential employers typically want people with at least some construction experience along with some relevant qualifications, City and Guilds for instance. You might start out as a carpenter’s mate or perhaps even a labourer simply to get some valuable site experience, then afterwards get some more training in order to qualify as a tradesman carpenter. Apprenticeships are another common way to enter into this rewarding profession particularly for young people, and should be taken up whenever the opportunity presents itself.
Some tasks that a trained carpenter might accomplish include: wooden joist installation and replacement, kitchen fitting, assembly or construction of summerhouses, shopfitting, loft conversions, installing of loft ladders, window replacement and installation, general woodworking projects, flat pack furniture assembly, carpentry for extensions and renovations, external doors fitting and replacement, general carpentry maintenance, internal doors fitting and replacement, shuttering and formwork, timber gazebos and pergolas, replacement and new roofing, staircase replacement and fitting, bespoke gates, partition walls and studding, cabinet making and joinery, dry lining, replacement and fitting of architraves and skirting boards, timber flooring, hand rails and bannisters, to name but a few.
All in all carpentry is a rewarding career that you can follow all your life and get a good income from.