How to become a woodworker: JoJo's story

Meet JoJo, 24, from Derbyshire and find out about life as a woodworker. Part of our Bitesize world of work series.

"I love being able to make things that people can use."

  • Following in her dad's footsteps, JoJo has been learning to make things from wood since her childhood
  • JoJo decided to pursue her passion after her GCSEs and began a woodwork apprenticeship instead of doing A-levels
  • Studying English and Drama at GCSE encouraged JoJo's creativity and communication skills – she uses these in her job to discuss design ideas with clients.

What to expect if you want to become a woodworker

In JoJo's job, she uses traditional craft skills to make items such as spoons from wood. Craft woodworking jobs can also include making and restoring items made from wood, such as furniture.

  • Woodworker salary: Variable ranging from £16,000 to £28,000 per year
  • Woodworker working hours: Variable per week

What qualifications do you need to be a woodworker?

  • Typical entry requirements: There are no set requirements for this job, but you’ll have an advantage if you have experience of working with timber. You can gain experience working with wood, for example by working with a craftsperson - in JoJo's case she worked with a master clog maker. You could also take a college course in construction, joinery, or wood machining to learn some of the skills you’ll need.

You could get into this job through an apprenticeship. You can find out more about woodworking careers and training through Creative Choices.

This information is a guide (sources: LMI for All, National Careers Service)

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