Information about apprenticeships in the structural timber sector for new entrants and existing employees.

Apprenticeships are a real asset for both employees and employers alike and the structural timber industry has some specific opportunities.

As part of our drive to support the structural timber industry with the skills and training required to develop and progress within the sector, we have collated some detailed information on apprenticeships. For new entrants seeking an apprenticeship see below or if you are an employer looking to hire an apprentice click here.

New Entrants

An apprenticeship is a great way to start your career in the structural timber industry. It’s essentially a paid job where you learn a specific set of knowledge, skills, and behaviours relevant to your role and achieve a nationally recognised qualification at the end of it. You will spend around 80% of your time on the job in the workplace and a minimum of 20% of your time at college gaining new skills, enabling you to earn whilst you learn.

Benefits of becoming an Apprentice:

  • Achieve an income whilst learning to do the job in your chosen occupation
  • Learn the skills employers need to complete their work
  • Acquire the key behaviours needed to undertake your work role
  • Attain personal skills to gain more confidence, independence, and self-assurance
  • Create opportunity to progress further through continual learning to further support your work readiness and advance your career

What apprenticeships are available?

Construction Assembly And Installation Operative – Pathway 2 – Timber Frame

This apprenticeship involves assembling and installing offsite manufactured components.

  • Installing and assembling manufactured components in a construction site environment
  • Interacting with team colleagues and other trades and professions
  • Working in accordance with the design specification and tolerances

Wood Product Manufacturing Operative

This apprenticeship involves manufacturing timber products for the construction and furniture industries.

  • Manufacturing and producing a wide range of products such as panels, roofing components, windows and doors
  • Working independently or as part of a larger manufacturing team
  • Working in anything from a small workshop to a large state of the art manufacturing facility

Carpentry And Joinery – Site Carpenter

This apprenticeship involves installing a range of fixtures and fitting, predominantly using timber and timber-based components and products.

  • Will normally work on a building site or in domestic and commercial premises
  • Preparing and fixing timber building components, from the initial erection of a new building through to the installation of all specified first and second fix fixtures and fittings
  • Carrying out a range of repair and maintenance activities to existing buildings

Need more help?

For further support on becoming an apprentice:

In England: or

In Scotland:

In Wales:

In Northern Ireland:


Go Construct

Go Construct provides resources for individuals considering a career in the construction and built environment sector. It highlights the many rewarding opportunities available and supports people from all backgrounds to enter an exciting and growing industry which has a huge impact on the UK’s housing, industry and infrastructure.

Talentview Construction

Talentview Construction is a dedicated free of charge online platform aimed at employers looking for new talent and individuals looking for opportunities to embark on a rewarding and exciting career in construction and associated industries. It is a great place to search for and find an apprenticeship. 

Skills Hub

If you require further support or information, please email STA Skills and Training Manager on