There are many diverse roles in this growing sector for new entrants and existing employees.

Are you considering a career in the structural timber sector?

There are many rewarding and exciting career options available. If you would like to be a part of an expanding and exciting sector, providing safe, efficient and sustainable buildings, then this is the sector for you.

Sector-based apprenticeships offer a great pathway to start your career but there are a number of other ways of entering the industry.  

Potential routes into employment

  • Sector-based apprenticeship programme
  • T-level: 2-year technical qualification offered in England only
  • Full time college course: study your chosen occupation full time
  • Part time course: study your chosen occupation part time at a college or independent training provider
  • University: focus on a specific subject and study with experts in your field
  • Work experience: a way to discover different job roles in the construction and built environment sector

Common job roles in the structural timber sector

There are a wide range of job roles in the sector, here are a few of the most common roles:


CAD Technicians use computer software to produce 3D models and 2D drawings for manufacturing and construction projects. They take complex information to design buildings or component parts, providing technical documents and drawings for use by architects, engineers, and other construction workers.


A designer creates innovative designs for new buildings and/or renovations/extensions, as well as documenting these designs for approvals and construction. They also provide builders with advice on the wide variety of timber and timber related design materials.


Estimators calculate how much construction or manufacturing projects or processes will cost. They will negotiate with suppliers and gain quotes from subcontractors and compile information including detailed cost proposals for clients.


Structural engineers design, assess and inspect structures to ensure they are efficient and stable. They work on a very wide range of projects, including buildings, infrastructure, and other structures. It is both a technical and creative role that involves close collaboration with professionals from other disciplines.


Timber frame erectors carry out the assembly and installation of buildings to agreed design specifications and tolerances, using manufactured components.  This includes the safe handling, moving, installing, and finishing to specification, to agreed timeline.


Site carpenters are involved in construction site first and second fix works. They install and assemble construction products including doors, windows, skirting, timber fittings, staircases, etc.


Timber manufacturing operatives work in a factory-based manufacturing role, producing high volume, repetitive, engineered products from timber, such as wall and floor panels, and other timber construction items including roofing components and beams. They essentially manufacture the products which are then installed on site by timber frame erectors and carpenters.

Want to find out more?

For further information on the full range of job roles, including qualification requirements and average salary expectations please visit:


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

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