This competition has been designed to reflect the role of a carpenter and the standards that are expected within the construction industry.

A carpenter cuts, fits and assembles wood for building frameworks, doors, windows, flooring, stairs and panelling on both commercial and residential projects. Carpentry is one of the most skilled roles in construction, so excellent working knowledge of wood, its various types and uses is important, as well as knowing how the finished product will fit into a house or building.

The skills you need to demonstrate

  • Interpret drawings

  • Time keeping

  • Safe handling of tools

  • Organisation skills

  • Understanding of health and safety

  • Attention to Detail

  • Shaping wood

  • Accurate Assembly

Entry criteria

  • This is an individual competition and competitors must be proficient with the core competencies above.
  • There is no limit to the number of competitors permitted to enter this competition per organisation.

How it works

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Learners who get through the passive stage (where they will be expected to prepare a submission for entry or participate in an online assessment), will be invited to take part in national qualifiers which take place across the UK between April and June. All competitors receive certification for their achievements at the qualifiers

The highest performers from the national qualifiers are invited to compete in the UK National Finals in November at WorldSkills UK LIVE, the UK’s largest skills, apprenticeship and careers event

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Register your interest

In light of the ongoing uncertainty relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will not be running the WorldSkills UK national competition cycle in 2020. We expect to resume competitions in 2021 and urge you to register your interest now so we can keep you advised of developments.

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