Carpenters cut, shape and install building materials in the construction of residential, commercial and industrial building and infrastructure. As a carpentry apprentice you are joining the growing building trade offering opportunities to work outdoors and with further qualifications and experience work towards becoming your own boss.

There are three main specialisation area within carpentry and depending on who you host employer is, your on-the-job training with see you qualified in one of these areas. These are:

Domestic Carpentry – where the primary focus is on the construction of individual private residences and could include house extensions and renovations as well as standard building maintenance.

Commercial Carpentry – where the work is concerned with the building and construction of shops, offices and other commercial spaces and might include carrying out formwork and shop-fitting.

Industrial Carpentry – where you would work for a building company alongside multiple contractors on major construction projects such as apartments and towers.

This trade requires a four year apprenticeship. MIGAS will facilitate your practical work placement with one of our quality host employers. In addition to on-the-job training, we will assist you with enrolment through a Registered Training Organisation to complete your certification. With MIGAS you will be fully supported throughout the duration of your placement by a Field Officer and by the wider MIGAS Apprentices and Trainees community.

A day on the job in Carpentry

Sunrise
Set out an outline of the building on the ground of the site, using string and pegs to allow for excavations
Midday
Construct formwork into which concrete is poured to form the ‘slab’ or base of a building
Night
Build floors, wall frameworks (timber or metal) and roofs, and lay timber floors
Read and interpret plans and specifications to determine the dimensions, materials required and installation processes to be followed
Cut materials with hand and power tools, and assemble, nail, cut or shape parts
Install door handles, locks, hardware, flooring underlay, insulating material and other fixtures
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Skill Requirements for success in Carpentry Apprenticeships

  • Practical and manual work
  • Problem solving skills
  • Spatial awareness
  • Working from drawings

Qualifications

  • Certificate III in Carpentry
  • Certificate III in Shopfitting
  • Certificate III in Joinery

Available Apprenticeships

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