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A Carpenter in the UK

Published: 13.11.2013, Updated: 05.03.2017

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Are you thinking of becoming a carpenter when you are finished at school? Would you consider working abroad in an English-speaking country after your apprenticeship is completed? If so the interview below will give you an idea of what it is like to work as a carpenter in England.


Before listening, use the dictionary to check that you know the meaning of the following words: trade, plumber, plasterer, to be fit, to be keen, wardrobe, cupboard, timber, satisfaction, bloke, chisel, employee

The term listed building refers to a building or other structure officially designated as being of special architectural, historical or cultural significance. (Wikipedia) A Grade 1 listed building is of exceptional interest.

Listen to the following interview with a carpenter in the UK and find out:

  • Where he works. (type of company - large/small, etc)
  • Where about in the UK he works.
  • Why he chose this profession.
  • What type of tasks he has to do on a typical day at work.
  • What personal qualities he suggests are needed by a carpenter.
  • Does he describe any work processes or services that he provides?
  • What he likes best and least about his job.
  • How he thinks this line of work will change in the future.
  • Where he sees himself in 5 - 10 years' time.

Carpenter - Interview 

Apprenticeship and Training

  1. Find out about becoming a carpenter in the UK. Make a table with 3 columns: What does the job involve, the salary, and the qualifications and training required. Below, you will find some useful links.
  2. Now compare a carpenter's job and education in the UK with a carpenter's job and education in Norway. Utdanning - Yrkesbeskrivelse