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Wood and timber processing and merchant industries apprenticeships

Types of apprenticeships that you can apply for in the wood and timber processing and merchant industries sector.

The wood and timber industries are very profitable and are a central part of the UK’s production and manufacturing industries.

Training opportunities

85% of companies in the wood and timber market employee less than 10 people, meaning you will probably work in a small lumberyard as a machinist, labourer or salesperson.

This apprenticeship will take a minimum of 18 months, but can last up to 2 years.

Types of apprenticeships

This is an intermediate level apprenticeship. You could train in roles like:

  • wood processor
  • sawyer
  • saw operator/cnc (computer numerically controlled) machinist
  • wood machinist
  • trade counter
  • estimator
  • yard/warehouse operative
  • sales representative

Apply for a wood and timber processing and merchant industries apprenticeship

You can become an apprentice in England if you’re:

  • 16 or over
  • eligible to work in England
  • not in full-time education