How to become an apprentice joiner: Reid's story

Meet Reid, 20, from Aberdeen and find out more about life as an apprentice joiner at the Queen's Balmoral Estate in Scotland.

The work I do, reminds me of what I am capable of making with my own hands.

  • A joiner is someone who makes and repairs the wooden elements of homes such as staircases and shelves
  • Reid left school at 16 and got his first job in his family's woodworking business
  • He now works as an apprentice joiner at the Balmoral Estate - the Queen's home in Scotland.

Reid's career path

What to expect if you want to become a joiner

When a joiner is trained, they can expect the following:

  • Joiner salary: £16,000 to £40,000 per year
  • Joiner working hours: 40 to 45 hours per week

What qualifications do you need to be a joiner?

  • Typical entry requirements: A college course or apprenticeship are the most typical routes to becoming a joiner. There are two options available: site carpenter or architectural joiner. You'll do on-the-job training and spend time with a college or training provider. You’ll need some GCSEs (or equivalent), usually including English and Maths, for an intermediate apprenticeship and five GCSEs (or equivalent) at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), also including English and Maths, for an advanced apprenticeship.

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

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