Carpenter and Joiner

Royal Engineers

At a glance

  • Soldier
  • engineering

Build skills and qualifications that can set you up for life, while enjoying travel, sports and challenges.

  • £18,687The minimum amount you’ll earn during training
  • £23,496Your pay after completing basic trade training
  • AgeFrom 16 years & 6 months to 35 years & 6 months
  • QualificationsGCSEs
Army carpenters

The tuition I received on the carpentry and joiner course was excellent. It allowed me to become a confident tradesperson.

Construction is a big part of the Army's work at home and abroad. Become a highly skilled Carpenter and Joiner, and you'll help with all kinds of building projects. Our first-class training will teach you to work from drawings, plan tasks, use workshop machinery and scaffolding, and prepare timber for use. You'll also learn to make joints, windows, doorframes, partitions, floors and roofing. With this experience plus qualifications, you'll have a great CV if you ever decide to leave Army service. Until then, there's plenty to enjoy: sports, Adventurous Training and fantastic friends.
Carpenter and Joiner is a Trade role in the Royal Engineers. All the Royal Engineer soldier job roles are divided into 5 groups. When you apply to the Engineers, you will apply to the trade group rather than the specific trade. More about types of roles in the Royal Engineers.

The Corps of Royal Engineers allows the Army to work all over the world, whether it's involved in active combat or disaster relief. The Corps are ‘first in’, setting up bases ready for the rest of the Army to arrive and ‘last out’, closing down patrol bases and military camps. The Corps is at the forefront in disaster-relief operations, effecting rapid repairs to damaged infrastructure in stricken areas.

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Key Responsibilities

  • Plan carpentry and joinery tasks from sketches and working drawings

  • Learn the use and maintenance of workshop machinery

  • Prepare timber for use, manufacture joints, use adhesives, produce windows, door frames, door linings and internal joinery fitments

  • Carry out general construction work, first-fix timber frames, second-fix internal joinery fitments

  • Install partitions, floors, roofing, timber-framed buildings, formwork and shoring

  • Construct scaffolding, interpret scaffold terms, erect access scaffold and install access ladders

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carpenter and joiner

Regular (full time)

Entry requirements

  • Age:

    From 16 years & 6 months to 35 years & 6 months

  • Qualifications:

    GCSE Grade A–D/9-3, or Scottish National 5 grade A-D, in Maths, English Language and one other subject.

  • Basic physical fitness assessment:

    • Mid Thigh Pull 50kg

    • Medicine Ball Throw 3m

    • MSFT (beep test) level 7.5

    More information about the fitness test

Training for the role

Step 1
Your initial military training teaches you how to be a soldier, covering everything from fieldcraft to how to handle a rifle.

  • If you join as a Junior Soldier (under 17 years and 6 months), you’ll do a 23-week basic military training course at Harrogate.

  • If you join as a Regular Soldier (over 17 years and 6 months), you’ll do the regular 14-week adult basic training.

Step 2
You head to the Royal School of Military Engineering Regiment near Camberley, Surrey, for 12 weeks. Here, you learn military engineering skills, such as knots and lashings, demolition, mine warfare and bridge building. The final stage of training is 21 weeks at the Royal School of Military Engineering in Chatham, Kent. Here, you learn how to use machinery and hand tools to make timber building materials.

Qualifications you could get after training

  • Level 2 and 3 Diplomas in Carpentry and Joinery (Military Engineering)

  • Level 2 Apprenticeship (NVQ Technical Certificate and Functional Skills) in Wood Occupations - Site Carpentry (City and Guilds)

Pay & benefits

Earn £18,687 a year during training. When you have completed 26 weeks' service or finished basic trade training – whichever comes first – your pay will rise to £23,496.

How to Apply

Once your online application has been approved, you'll meet with a local recruiter. This is your chance to tell us about the role that you're interested in. When you go to the Assessment Centre, you'll take tests - the results will show whether you'd be suitable for this role, or should consider a different role.

More about the joining process

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