Wood and Timber Industries
What's Wood and Timber Industries like?
Are you enthusiastic about DIY? Would you like to use your woodworking skills professionally in a rewarding job sector? This course will teach you how to thrive in a Scottish industry where apprentices are in high demand.
You’ll learn high level skills in a wide variety of wood crafting processes. You’ll use and maintain the equipment needed for the role. You’ll also work with experienced craftspeople and machinists who will share their valuable insights and knowledge.
From craftspeople to builders, there are many career options available to you. You could work in:
Expertly craft bespoke wood products as a joiner. Develop innovative manufacturing processes as a wood machinist. Work in some of Scotland’s most beautiful landscapes as a sawyer.
Whatever your ambitions in the wood and timber industries, this apprenticeship is designed to give you the tools you need to succeed.
You'll gain a Modern Apprenticeship in Wood and Timber Industries at SCQF Level 5, 6 or 7.
Your qualification includes:
Sawmilling at SCQF Level 5
Merchant Supplies — Timber at SCQF Level 5
Wood Machining (Furniture) at SCQF Level 5
Engineered Wood at SCQF Level 5
Wood Products Manufacturing at SCQF Level 5
Engineered Wood at SCQF Level 6
Wood Products Manufacture at SCQF Level 6
Merchant Supplies – Timber at SCQF Level 7
During your apprenticeship, you could learn how to:
produce wood products including planed, profiled and jointed wood
operate computer numerical control (CNC) machines
manufacture complex wood components
finish wood products by hand
maintain wood machining equipment
educate customers on your timber products and services
You'll also develop the following core skills:
information technology (IT) skills
These skills are not just valuable to employees in the wood and timber industries. They're transferable across other industries including:
many other vocational sectors
There's a range of career paths available to you as a graduate of this Modern Apprenticeship course. You can either undertake further study or move into full-time work straight away.
Further education: Develop your skills further with additional qualifications that can allow you to work in a wider variety of roles. Examples include related apprenticeships such as the SCQF level 6 Modern Apprenticeship in Trees and Timber. You can also take specialised industry qualifications that allow you to work in higher-level roles such as an assessor or verifier.
Straight to work: Use your wood and timber industries qualification to begin work in the sector immediately. After completing the apprenticeship, you could start a range of jobs including the following:
timber yard worker
There are no set requirements for entry into the SCQF Level 5 Modern Apprenticeship course. SCQF Level 6/7 candidates should have completed the SCQF Level 5 Modern Apprenticeship course or have a similar level of qualification and experience.
How does it work?
You’ll learn in a real-world environment and earn a wage. You’ll also study with a college or another learning provider.
How long will it take?
This Modern Apprenticeship will take 18 to 24 months to complete.
How to apply
Use the 'Find vacancies near you' search at the end of this page to look for vacancies, then you can apply online.
You'll apply on Apprenticeships.scot or the company’s own website – there are details on the vacancy advert.