Students lining up woodwork and cutting wood with text carpentry and joinery

Carpentry & Joinery

Love working with your hands and creating new things? Why not line up a potential career in the carpentry and joinery industry by taking a carpentry/joinery course at East Durham College?

Choose your Course

Based at East Durham College's Peterlee campus, our carpentry and joinery courses are designed to give you the knowledge, understanding and skills you'll need to become qualified in site carpentry. With EDC, you'll have the qualifications you need to join the construction industry as a carpenter.

You can expect excellent facilities as part of your course. The college has a dedicated, large-size facility made specifically for carpentry and joinery students. Inside the carpentry workshop, you'll find a huge range of carpentry tools and woodworking machinery, with all of the materials you'll need during your course also supplied.

Outside of the workshop, EDC's modern classrooms and computer facilities enhance your learning even further, allowing you to gain both the theoretical and practical skills you'll need when working as a carpenter or joiner.

Take a Look Around our Carpentry Workshop

Want to see our facilities for yourself? Use our interactive Google tour below to view our carpentry workshop(and the rest of our Peterlee campus!) in full 360 degrees.

What's the Difference Between Carpentry and Joinery?

While both of these potential jobs are similar in that they involve working with wood, there are some slight differences between each role.

A joiner is usually the first link at a construction project. The joiner will be responsible for the initial construction of something such as a door or a wooden support - they essential 'join' together pieces of wood using various different techniques, hence the name.

A carpenter is more likely to be working on-site on a construction project. They will take the items which have been made by a joiner, and fit these together in line with the specifications of the project.

Both carpenters and joiners are essential to building work, and often work together on projects. Some people may also work as both a carpenter and joiner, applying their skills where it's needed at the time.

Carpenters and joiners are likely to learn many of the same techniques while they are training, allowing you to specialise in either field.

Our Carpentry/Joinery 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 carpentry and joinery 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 time and/or part time course(s) for 2022/2023 are listed below:

The full time and/or part time course(s) listed below are available to apply for to be studied during the next academic year - 2022/2023.

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