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Wood Products Manufacturing
Apprenticeship Level 2

Example Occupations
General Wood Machinist

CNC (Computer Numerically Controlled) Machine Operative

Finishing Operative - Sprayer / Finisher

Product Assembler / Cabinet Maker

Architectural Joiner

Level 2 - equivalent to GCSE

Essential workplace skills

Vocational skills

Training Locations
Employer's manufacturing facility

Woodwise Academy, Bristol

Block Release

Getting started
January, May & September


Training places subject to caseload capacity

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Geographic locations - some restrictions apply

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Training Access & Support
Access Didac's eLearning Portal

One-to-one training sessions

Regular reviews with your trainer and employer

ePortfolio - to record training & development

Opportunities to improve your maths & English skills

Minimum of 12 months, typically 15 to 18 months

Funding - England
Government Funding

Funding Value


Employer Contributions

£1, 000

Age grants for employers - England
Under 19 Apprentice - 3 months


Under 19 Apprentice - 12 months


Occupational Standard
Wood Products Manufacturing Operative

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Wales, Scotland & Northern Ireland
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Wood Products Manufacturing
Apprenticeship Level 2

Training Category / Woodworking Equipment

For the construction, interior fit-out and furniture industries

Architectural Woodwork, Interior fit-out, Boatbuilding, Staircases, Shepherd Huts, Fitted Kitchens, Caravans, Shop Fitting, Windows & Doors, Renovation

Whether you are leaving school, graduating or looking to change career to work with wood this is a great apprenticeship standard because it provides the knowledge and skills for occupations producing wood products.

The apprenticeship is equally applicable for employers with small workshops to large state of the art manufacturing facilities.  It covers manufacturing in traditional materials or engineered and modified timbers to support product design, performance and delivery.

With Didac’s industrial experience, we can create training plans to cover specialised manufacturing situations.  In one recent exercise the Didac team mapped the apprenticeship standard to a highly automated internal door production facility.

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At Didac, we would like to thank the following companies who helped create the Wood Products Manufacturing Operative Standard, which has become one of the most popular apprenticeship standards in the woodworking sector.

Arbor Forest Products  ♦ Barnsdale Windows Ltd ♦ Cotswold Manufacturing Ltd ♦ EA Higginson ♦ ERW Joinery ♦ JT Ward Joinery ♦ Neville Joinery ♦ Patchett Joinery ♦ Stairways ♦ Westport Timber Window and Door Technology

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Prepare a range of machinery, tools and equipment for the manufacturing process.

Operate a range of machinery, tools and equipment to produce wood components and products to specification using a variety of raw materials.

Identify defects with materials and machinery before and during the manufacturing process.

Prepare wood components for the assembly process including sanding, positioning and securing.

Use a range of fixing techniques including joint assembly, installing mechanical fixings and applying appropriate adhesives to form products to the given specification.

Apply stains, sealers and paints to wood products to comply with the specified product finish requirements.

Install appropriate fixtures, fittings and glazing in accordance with the product specification, for example install glass to window or door.

Undertake glazing operations in accordance with the product specification.

Assess for post manufacture and assembly product defects and undertake appropriate rectification work.

Package and store products in accordance with organisational procedures.

You must:

  • be 16 or over
  • not already be in full-time education
  • live in England to qualify for Didac funded apprenticeships

You can start an apprenticeship whether you’re starting your career, want a change or you’re upskilling in your current job. You can have a previous qualification like a degree and still start an apprenticeship.

As an apprentice you’ll:

  • learn and train for a specific job
  • get paid and receive holiday leave
  • get hands-on experience in a real job
  • be given the opportunity to improve your maths and English skills
  • study for at least 20% of your working hours off-the-job
  • complete assessments during and at the end of your apprenticeship
  • be on a career path with lots of future potential

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