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Essential jobs for a modern day joiner

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Joiners are tradesmen who build things by joining pieces of wood, especially lightweight or ornate items. The British Woodworking Federation (BWF), a nonprofit woodworking organization with 500+ members, is thriving in the UK. According to IBIS, a market research reporting company, “Opportunities exist for [joiner] firms in the development of budget hotels.” Additionally, the £9.4 billion Joinery Installation industry is expected to grow by 2.8 percent during 2014-2015.

Joinery Skills

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Joiners gain experience from serving as a joiner’s mate or apprentice. Joiners adhere to the BWF Code of Conduct that stipulates the highest level of quality.

They are good at math and have an eye for detail. Their technical ability allows them to read architectural drawings. Problem solving and excellent communication skills help them convey complex ideas for their crew and clients. Joiner jobs are different than carpenter’s positions because they make complex furniture, paneling, etc. and install wooden fixtures and fittings.

Duties include cutting timber for floorboards, window frames, etc. Joiners assemble doors, staircases and furniture. They also handle fitting wooden structures, e.g., roof joists and timbers, partition walls and doors. Installation includes skirting boards, cupboards and shelves as well as door handles and locks. Projects also include building a dormer and shuttering.

Career Paths

Joiners work at construction sites. They can also work in bars and in the Entertainment Industry by building sets for film and TV. Joiners work in workshops and use high powered, nonportable equipment and machinery to cut and form joints. They produce stairs, tables, bookshelves, cabinets. Marine joiners work on ships and handle linoleum, fiberglass and hardware.

Bench joiners labor with kitchen and bedroom fitting. Other projects include garden decking, hardwood and laminate flooring, architrives and skirting. Commercial projects include fire doors, specialized flooring and stud walls.

Requirements

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Joiners must have verifiable references. They should be able to work independently as well as with a group in warm and cold weather. Joiners are expected to climb ladders, work on scaffolds and lift heavy objects. Indoor environments may contain dust. Joiners should have their own tools and agree to wear protective equipment, e.g., respirators, gloves and ear plugs.

Joiners should be registered with Construction Skills Certification Scheme and licensed and insured. Travel and overtime may be required.

For centuries, joinders have contributed to a superior level of craftsmanship. As technology and trends increase the demands for their artistry, joiner careers will be in demand.

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