How To Apply For An Apprenticeship

Getting into an apprenticeship in the woodworking industry is easy, and there are a number of ways to apply.

In the UK, becoming an apprentice depends on whether you are in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

Click on your country below to see how you can get onto an apprenticeship:

If you are looking for a woodworking apprenticeship in England, you should do all of the following:

1. Register with the CITB

on their website BConstructive. The CITB are the main provider of apprentices in the construction sector as a whole, which includes woodworking. The majority of employers in joinery are required to register with them, and will post an apprenticeship vacancy on their site – the CITB will then help match you with a potential employer to start and apprenticeship.
Register with CITB

2. Register with the Apprenticeship Service (England only)

They provide an apprenticeship matching service for business as a whole, so while not targeted as much as BConstructive (see above), other employers in woodworking that are not registered with CITB will use this site to find an apprentices.

Register with Apprenticeship Service

3. Contact your local colleges or training providers

Do a search on the internet for colleges and training providers that offer Carpentry/Bench Joinery/Woodmachining, or if you know your local college, contact them about doing an apprentice, as they may be able to assist with finding a prospective employer. Remember, college isn’t the only way to gain your apprenticeship, private providers also exist, who are often more specialised in their courses, who may be better suited

Find a local training provider

4. Contact local woodworking companies

to see if they are taking on apprentices. You can use our ‘Find a Supplier’ search on the homepage of our website and search by postcode to find joinery manufacturers near you, or do an internet search for ‘joinery manufacturers’, ‘joiners’, ‘carpentry companies’ or ‘carpenters’. Make sure you have an up-to-date CV,  and write a short covering letter. Your letter should outline why you want to work in the industry, what you like about it , and why you are passionate about becoming an apprentice. Get your CV and letter checked by a friend or family member and send it by email or post to the companies you have found. Follow up with a phone call a few days later

Find a local woodworking company

If you are looking for a woodworking apprenticeship in Scotland, you should do all of the following:

1. Register with the CITB

on their website BConstructive. The CITB are the main provider of apprentices in the construction sector as a whole, which includes woodworking. The majority of employers in joinery are required to register with them, and will post an apprenticeship vacancy on their site – the CITB will then help match you with a potential employer to start and apprenticeship.

Register with CITB

2. Check the modern apprenticeships website

They provide an apprenticeship matching service for business as a whole, so while not targeted as much as BConstructive (see above), other employers in woodworking that are not registered with CITB will use this site to find an apprentices.

Check modern apprenticeship website

3. Contact your local colleges or training providers

Do a search on the internet for colleges and training providers that offer Carpentry/Bench Joinery/Woodmachining, or if you know your local college, contact them about doing an apprentice, as they may be able to assist with finding a prospective employer. Remember, college isn’t the only way to gain your apprenticeship, private providers also exist, who are often more specialised in their courses, who may be better suited.

Find a local training provider

4. Contact local woodworking companies

to see if they are taking on apprentices. You can use our ‘Find a Supplier’ search on the homepage of our website and search by postcode to find joinery manufacturers near you, or do an internet search for ‘joinery manufacturers’, ‘joiners’, ‘carpentry companies’ or ‘carpenters’. Make sure you have an up-to-date CV,  and write a short covering letter. Your letter should outline why you want to work in the industry, what you like about it , and why you are passionate about becoming an apprentice. Get your CV and letter checked by a friend or family member and send it by email or post to the companies you have found. Follow up with a phone call a few days later

Find a local woodworking company

If you are looking for a woodworking apprenticeship in Wales, you should do all of the following:

1. Register with the CITB

on their website BConstructive. The CITB are the main provider of apprentices in the construction sector as a whole, which includes woodworking. The majority of employers in joinery are required to register with them, and will post an apprenticeship vacancy on their site – the CITB will then help match you with a potential employer to start and apprenticeship.

Register with CITB

2. Check the Apprenticeships in Wales website for vacancies

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Check Apprenticeship website

3. Contact your local colleges or training providers

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Find a local training provider

4. Contact local woodworking companies

to see if they are taking on apprentices. You can use our ‘Find a Supplier’ search on the homepage of our website and search by postcode to find joinery manufacturers near you, or do an internet search for ‘joinery manufacturers’, ‘joiners’, ‘carpentry companies’ or ‘carpenters’. Make sure you have an up-to-date CV,  and write a short covering letter. Your letter should outline why you want to work in the industry, what you like about it , and why you are passionate about becoming an apprentice. Get your CV and letter checked by a friend or family member and send it by email or post to the companies you have found. Follow up with a phone call a few days later

Find a local woodworking company

If you are looking for a woodworking apprenticeship in Northern Ireland, you should do all of the following:

1. Register with the CITB

on their website BConstructive. The CITB are the main provider of apprentices in the construction sector as a whole, which includes woodworking. The majority of employers in joinery are required to register with them, and will post an apprenticeship vacancy on their site – the CITB will then help match you with a potential employer to start and apprenticeship.

Register with CITB

2. Check the Apprenticeships in Northern Ireland website for vacancies

Apprenticeship in Northern Ireland are routed through the Job Centre. They have details of those employers that are looking to take on apprentices in the woodworking industry

Check Apprenticeship website

3. Contact your local colleges or training providers

Do a search on the internet for colleges and training providers that offer Carpentry/Bench Joinery/Woodmachining, or if you know your local college, contact them about doing an apprentice, as they may be able to assist with finding a prospective employer. Remember, college isn’t the only way to gain your apprenticeship, private providers also exist, who are often more specialised in their courses, who may be better suited.

Find a local training provider

4. Contact local woodworking companies

to see if they are taking on apprentices. You can use our ‘Find a Supplier’ search on the homepage of our website and search by postcode to find joinery manufacturers near you, or do an internet search for ‘joinery manufacturers’, ‘joiners’, ‘carpentry companies’ or ‘carpenters’. Make sure you have an up-to-date CV,  and write a short covering letter. Your letter should outline why you want to work in the industry, what you like about it , and why you are passionate about becoming an apprentice. Get your CV and letter checked by a friend or family member and send it by email or post to the companies you have found. Follow up with a phone call a few days later

Find a local woodworking company