How to Become a Joiner | Career Advice

How to become a Joiner
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by Jessica Tabinor on

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  • Find out how to become a Joiner 

  • Read more about what a career as a joiner might involve and if it's the right fit for you


There is a wide range of fantastic joinery job opportunities in the UK construction industry for joiners, from homebuilding to major projects in the commercial sector.

Keep reading to find out more about the skills and experience you’ll need and discover whether a joinery career in the right fit for you.


RATES
£8-13 per hour

HOT SPOTS
Hinkley Point C / HS2

QUALIFICATIONS
NVQ, City & Guilds

 

What do joinery jobs involve?

Joiners construct the wooden components of a building, creating things by joining pieces of wood. You could be working on anything from interior and exterior doors and windows to stairs, tables and pieces of furniture. You could also be involved in repairs and maintenance work on flooring, roofing, skirting and ceilings.

 

What is a joiner’s salary?

Starting salaries for joiners will usually range from around £17,000 up to £24,000. As you progress through your career, gaining more experience, your salary will increase to reflect this. More experienced joiners can expect to earn from £25,000 to £35,000. If you plan to be self-employed, you can set your own rates, meaning your annual salary could vary.

These figures are intended as a guideline only. 

 

What skills do I need?

You’ll need an excellent eye for detail and the ability to follow complex technical drawings and plans as you’ll often be involved in intricate, ornamental work. You’ll also need a solid grasp of maths and arithmetic in order to work out measurements and angles and minimise any wasted materials.

You’ll need a degree of physical strength and fitness, as joinery jobs involve a good amount of heavy lifting and carrying. It’s also important to be confident in using a range of hand and machine construction tools, ranging from hammers to bench saws.

 

What qualifications do I need?

There are a number of different entry routes to a career as a joiner. Many people opt to complete a college course in joinery to gain some essential knowledge and skills before they look for a role. Suitable courses include: NVQ (level 1 or 2) or City & Guilds 6217-02.

Some employers will offer introductory roles as a labourer or joiner’s ‘mate’, giving you on the job training. Alternatively, an apprenticeship gives you the opportunity to gain important skills and experience, while getting paid at the same time. You may require some existing qualifications in order to start an apprenticeship – usually five GCSEs, or a basic vocational diploma like a BTEC.

If you want to work on a construction site, you’ll need to apply for a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) competency card.

 

What are the hours and conditions?

Your standard working week would usually be between 39 and 45 hours, Monday to Friday. However, sometimes you’ll be expected to put in overtime on evenings or weekends to ensure deadlines are met. This will be as and when projects require it. This overtime and extra shift pay could help boost your income.

A lot of your time will be spent in a workshop, with some visits to the job site. This means there may be an element of travel involved and you may have to spend time away from home.

Working in a workshop means you’ll encounter lots of dust and noise and will engage in physically strenuous and often hazardous activities like climbing ladders, heavy-lifting and operating machinery like saws and drills. Protective clothing, like helmets, ear-defenders, googles and boots are essential.

 

Career progression

If you’re willing to put in the time and effort, there are various opportunities for progression in your career, including:

Freelance: If you can develop a network of connections with sub-contractors and build a reputation for yourself as doing high-quality work, you could become a freelancer. This gives you the chance to negotiate your own rates and offers greater flexibility.

Company Director: If you succeed as a freelancer and acquire your own workshop, you could start your own business, employing other joiners.

Specialist: With enough time and experience, you could become a specialist in a certain field, such as creating bespoke fitted furniture. Again, building connections in the industry and making a name for yourself will help with this.

 

Areas of specialism 

There are a number of areas skilled joiners can specialise in as they progress in their careers. Many will opt to specialise in bespoke furniture, both for individuals and for the private and luxury sector.

Another route to take is stairs, as an increasing number of people decide they want a bespoke staircase in their home.

Alternatively, there are opportunities in the film production and theatre industries, where you can help with building stages and sets.
 


To search for opportunities across the sector click here. Or, browse our dedicated HS2 and Hinkley Point C pages for more information.


Cx Jobs

Site Manager

Are you an experienced Site Manager? Do you want to work for a company that is demonstrating sustained periods of growth, as well as having a solid order book of more work to come? Do you want to work for a company that offers autonomy, along with the freedom to develop in your career? Then Vital want to speak to you.Vital resources are currently working with a reputable and well established multi-disciplined contractor to assist them in their search for a new Site Manager. Our client is looking for someone who can demonstrate a background in Rail, Water, Civils, or Infrastructure projectsAs an experienced Manager your responsibilities will include but are not limited to:Daily management of groundworks packages in the central Belt of ScotlandOrganise and Purchase on Site Labour, Materials, and PlantLiaise with the commercial teams and other operational teams to ensure projects are delivered in a timely, and cost effective manner.Organise and Chair meetings with clients and senior management.The successful applicant for this role will be able to demonstrate:Background in a similar positionPrevious experience working within groundworks, deep drainage and, cut & fill works.Experience working as a subcontractor is preferred, but not essentialSMSTS CertifiedFull UK Licence as travel to sites will be requiredAbility to work alone with minimal supervisionFor this our client is willing to offer a competitve salary, along with a comprehensive package.For more information, please contact Jamie Nicholson using the details provided, or click the apply now link.

Senior Quantity Surveyor

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Quantity Surveyor

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SharePoint Consultant

We are looking for a Digital Workplace Contractor to join our central Digital Workplace team. This role requires involvement in a variety of projects including intranets, collaboration sites, information architecture, document management, apps, forms, workflows and migration. The ideal candidate will be able to assess, design, implement, handover, review, document and support SharePoint and Office 365 no/low code solutions. RESPONSIBILITIES * SharePoint solution delivery from initial customer contact through to delivery including support * Implement solutions using SharePoint functionality including search, content types, sites, lists, web parts, forms, page layouts, etc. * Automate business processes using Nintex workflows and forms * Migrate sites and content between SharePoint farms using both out of the box and 3rd party migration tools * Ensure delivered solutions are completed as planned and to an agreed budget * Update DevOps and report on progress to stakeholders and management * Work with 3rd party suppliers to ensure a continuous service * You will be a subject matter expert in SharePoint and Office 365 solutions providing guidance across the enterprise to ensure all applications deliver business value * Be aware of any costs that are incurred and ensure the budget holder has agreed to this cost * Conduct requirements gathering, solution design and progress updates with customers * Ensure development work is completed and tested within agreed timescales and to agreed standards * Ensure project scopes and requirements do not deviate from the agreed strategy * Identify and suggest existing or new emerging standards and technologies * Manage your time and priorities to deliver activities to agreed timescales * Ensure all relevant documentation is produced to approved standards * Complete assigned support issues for the Web Services team to agreed SLAs * The above list of job duties is not exclusive or exhaustive and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks as may reasonably be expected within the post. * Migrating large SharePoint environments QUALIFICATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS Essential * Experience of delivering no/low code SharePoint solutions for the business using enterprise content management, document management, SharePoint, Nintex workflow and forms, O365 power platform and reporting * Excellent understanding of SharePoint on-premises and online * Good experience of understanding and writing business requirements, specification writing and delivery of business focussed technical solutions to an agreed and tested standard * Experience delivering solutions using Agile and Waterfall methodologies * Ability to work both in teams and autonomously, is self-motivated and keeps up to date with trends in technology * Proven experience working in a small team delivering technical solutions to business requirements * Experience of working with internal and external suppliers to ensure specified SLAs are met * Ability to build successful business relationships across a range of stakeholder groups * Responding to and resolution of SharePoint issues and incidents * Experience supporting complex SharePoint and web application solutions across multiple environments and versions * Experience of migrating large SharePoint environments Desirable * Knowledge of the full Office 365 suite of applications including Power Apps, Power Automate and Power BI * Experience with Project Server 2013/2019/Project Online * Knowledge of SharePoint farm server architecture and installations * Experience with JavaScript, HTML, CSS, PnP, PowerShell * Experience with DevOps and Agile development * Information systems related Degree * Microsoft technology qualifications * PRINCE 2 Foundation, ITIL Foundation, BCS Solutions Development Foundation PERSON SPECIFICATION * Demonstrate 100% commitment to excellence in everything you do, a real desire to deliver a quality service to customers at all times * Be flexible, hard-working and thorough * Work collaboratively across IT and non IT departments * Ability to effectively communicate, present and influence others * Understanding of Agile project management * Experience of working in technical teams with large enterprise class systems * Must be able to follow agreed processes and make suggestions for improvements * Good creative thinking, problem solving and analytical skills * Willingness to undertake reasonable travel for work Desirable * Proven ability to build trust with stakeholders * Security cleared SECURITY Must have or be able to gain SC clearance

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