How to become a Carpenter/Joiner

  • Price: £5.99
  • Published: June 2016
  • Type: Business Opportunity Profile
  • Format: PDF
  • What qualifications and skills are required?
  • Key market issues and trends
  • Trading, commercial and legal issues
  • Legislation
  • Further information

Carpenters and joiners are skilled tradesmen, who build, install and repair fixtures and fittings such as interior and exterior doors, window frames, bookshelves, and kitchen and bathroom units. They also fit wooden flooring and install larger items such as staircases, roof trusses and wooden beams. Carpenter/joiners are also usually responsible for joinery work as part of loft conversions.

As well as working for private homeowners, they also carry out repairs and refurbishments to commercial premises such as shops, pubs, hotels and buy-to-let properties. They often act as sub-contractors for other tradesmen, general builders and construction firms, including roofers and shopfitters. Many also undertake contract work, for example for local authorities, housing associations, architects, larger building firms and buy-to-let landlords, and fit kitchens on behalf of large DIY chains.

This profile provides information about starting up and trading as a carpenter or joiner. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and some of the key trading issues. It also explains the main legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information and support.

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