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Joinery: where tradition meets technology

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Joiners can do more than build cabinets. Joiners may work in a wide variety of specialties such as cabinetmaking, architectural woodwork (millwork), furniture making, boat interiors and store fixture manufacturing.

The type of work in each of the areas varies. In some shops joiners will be required to read blueprints and visualize the item to be built, make detailed drawings and cutting lists for the item, machine all the components, assemble and then apply a finish. In other shops, the individual may specialize in one or more of these areas.

The program

Joinery (Cabinetmaker) Apprenticeship program is four years in duration. The program is designed so that comprehensive instructions are followed by a series of assignments and practical projects to give you the opportunity to hone your skills. Each level of apprenticeship training builds on the skills and knowledge you acquired in your previous training.

Joinery (Cabinetmaker) Foundation is a 25 week full-time program preparing students for entry-level employment in the joinery trade. Basic theory and related information along with hands-on shop practice enable students to become competent in basic interior woodworking tasks. Upon successful completion of the program, students will receive credit for their level one apprenticeship.

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“BCIT’s training is very beneficial to us, with programs covering every aspect of the Joinery trade from quality control to time management. Over half of our workforce are BCIT grads and they all have contributed to Woodrose’s success.

Robert Rivard General Manager, Woodrose Woodworking Inc.

“I think the Foundation and Apprenticeship programs at BCIT are top quality. The Instructors are knowledgeable, personable, and organized. My time spent here continues to help me increase my job knowledge and love of Joinery.”

Rebecca Watt Foundation Graduate and 2nd Year Apprentice