The vital role that high-quality joinery plays in our day-to-day lives must not be underestimated. You may not have a joiner in your house on a daily basis, but we all have wooden doors, chests of drawers and shelving units that would not exist without a joiner’s skills.
Could it therefore be a good idea for you to enrol on one of our joinery courses to commence what could be a highly rewarding joinery career? Let’s take a look at the basics that you need to know.
What is a joiner?
A common area of confusion about joinery concerns what exactly it is, especially in relation to carpentry.
The short answer is that joinery involves creating various fixtures, fittings and constructions out of wood. As a joiner, you can expect to cut, fit and construct a range of wooden objects, without the use of metal fasteners like pins or screws.
One way to distinguish a joiner from a carpenter is to think of joiners as the people who make wooden items, such as doors or window frames, which carpenters then install on a construction site, such as in a house or office in the process of being built.
Joiners can also be characterised as solely working with wood, usually on more ornamental pieces such as doors, furniture or bookcases, whereas a carpenter will also often work with metal or on less intricate projects, such as floors and roofs.
In short, joinery is a skilled trade in its own right that is not completely synonymous with carpentry.
Is a joinery career the right path for you?
While there are no specific qualifications that one needs to possess for joinery work, employers will often expect you to at least have some on-site or construction experience, as can be provided on the job or, of course, on our joinery courses here at YTA.
You will also need to be a practical person to succeed in a joinery career – if you consider yourself to be more of a ‘thinker’ than a ‘doer’, you may not be greatly suited to this line of work. Other key skills required to thrive as a joiner include the ability to follow technical plans accurately, an analytical approach to one’s work, numerical ability and manual dexterity.
Obtaining a formal qualification in joinery could be invaluable for attracting the attention and respect of potential employers, so that you can get your career in this skilled trade off to a flying start.
You can browse our currently available joinery courses on the YTA website now, or if you wish to get in touch with us directly to discuss your training needs, you are welcome to do so by calling 07400922788 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.