A carpentry student with mallet and chisel in the workshop at East Durham College's Peterlee Campus

Carpentry & Joinery

Our carpentry and joinery courses provide students with a broad range of knowledge, understanding and skills training to become qualified in site carpentry. The qualification is aimed at students wishing to join the construction industry as carpenters.

Based at the Peterlee Campus, the College’s construction centre has a dedicated facility for construction craft training in wood occupations. There is a carpentry and joinery workshop, well-equipped with a huge range of carpentry tools and woodworking machinery. Well-appointed classrooms and computer facilities enhance the workshops and provide a link between practical and knowledge aspects of the course.

Our Teaching Staff

We employ teams of highly-skilled tradesmen who are first-class construction training practitioners. Their experienced, expert approach brings students up to the right levels of technical skill - and ensures that those skills are applied in a professional and knowledgeable manner.

The College is continually building important partnerships with leading construction companies. These partners play a vital role in ensuring that we provide the best training, using the latest products.

Our mission is to turn out confident learners with the highly-accomplished trade skills that the construction industry and today’s employers demand.

Construction Careers in the North East

Construction is one of the UK’s largest industries with hundreds of different job roles and over 2m employees. The industry has recently reported skills shortages, which can make bricklaying a well-paid role for those with the right skills and approach to work.


For general full time or part time course enquires, please call Student Services on 0191 518 8222.

To see full details on each of our carpentry and joinery courses, run at the Peterlee Campus in County Durham, please click on any of the courses listed below.

Available full and part time course(s) listed below:

The full time courses listed below are for the academic year 2018/19, starting September 2018. For part-time courses please see the start date within the course page itself.

Employment Stats & Facts In This Sector

Infographic detailing key employment stats in carpentry and joinery, these details can be found in the career coach section of our website