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How To Become a Carpenter and Have a Trade For Life

Working in the building industry is hard, there is no doubt about that. A tradesman will be asked to work in all weathers and often find themselves sweating through the summer and freezing through the winter with achingly cold fingers and toes. But, having said that, the banter and camaraderie on a building site are often worth more than any discomfort.

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Are you considering a job in the construction sector? If you are a talented tradesman your work will be in demand, and you will have a happy lifelong career doing what you love. Practices and methods may change throughout your time, but the basic construction principles will remain the same, so keeping up with new methods will be straightforward.

Here are a few trades that you may be interested in following:

  • Roofer

  • Brick Layer

  • Plasterer

  • Carpenter

  • Electrician

  • Gas Engineer

  • Building Labourer

In this article, we are going to discuss how to become a skilled carpenter and, by doing so, have a trade for life.


You maybe surprised to know that there is no requirement to gain formal academic qualifications to work as a carpenter. That is not to say that you won’t be required to be educated to a good level in order to get a job. Employers will only take on those who can demonstrate a good working knowledge of mathematics, for example.

The first step to a career in carpentry is often successfully applying for an apprenticeship. The apprenticeship will last for up to four years while you gain experience of on-site work and carpentry skills. You will learn to use tools of the trade such as screwdrivers, saws, hot melt guns and glue sticks, chisels, and many more.

What Do Carpenters Do?

Take a look around your house or place of work. You are surrounded by wood, and that didn’t get there by magic. In any building, wood is one of the main materials used. A carpenter will need to be comfortable climbing on ladders and working at height; on roof beams, for example. You will build and install floors, staircases, skirting boards, door frames, and doors.

As a carpenter, you will be called onto a site when the building has reached the stage where first fix work is required. The first fix tasks are to fit floors and door frames, install the staircases and any other structural timberwork. When the project is almost complete, you will be called back to fit skirting boards, architraves, and hang doors.

Working as a carpenter, you can expect to be on site for at least 35 hours per week and, when the apprenticeship is complete, will be paid between seventeen and twenty five thousand pounds a year. Of course, if you should ever strike out on your own and become self employed, those figures would rise significantly.

Carpentry is a creative job where your work is often on view to the world. Therefore, it is essential that you have a good eye for detail and the patience to work at the best of your ability at all times. The job gives you plenty of exercise and fresh air, and you can expect to travel and work away from home.

Be a carpenter and have a career for life.


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