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for Students of Woodwork 

Know your trade.

If you are training for a trade and working towards a S/NVQ you need to work towards producing evidence of the following work skills.
Theses are skills other than woodwork, i.e. setting out, forming joints and assembly.Before you can progress in your trade and obtain higher qualifications all these skills must be accomplished.


  • Tool maintenance and good practice of hand tools.
  • Correct and safe use of hand tools.
  • Grinding and sharpening of chisels and plane blades.
  • Changing and setting up tooling.

  • Wood Working Machinery Rules.
  • Current regulations i.e. Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER), etc.
  • Setting up and safe use or circular saws and planers.
  • Changing and setting up tooling.
  • Prepare, set-up, check suitability of machinery and materials.
  • Modify materials to form products.
  • Record usage.

  • Risk Assessment and Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH).
  • Identify potential risks to health and safety.
  • Recording potential risks.
  • Identify hazardous substances.
  • Record hazardous substances.

  • Helping to achieve a productive working environment.
  • Creating and maintaining productive relationships.
  • Development of self and others.
  • Obtain & feedback information.

  • Contributing to the efficiency of the workplace.
  • Maintaining a clean and tidy work station.
  • Cleaning and maintaining tools and equipment.
  • Organise own work.

  • Contribute to Security of the Workplace.
  • Dealing with unauthorised persons.
  • Knowledge of company procedures.

  • Current safety legislation.
  • The Health and Safety at Work Act (HASAWA)
  • Prevention of hazards incl. Personal Protection Equipment (PPE).
  • Respond to emergencies incl. fire, accidents.
  • Knowing about First aid, using the accident book.

  • Load and unload materials
  • Safe handling and storage of materials.
  • Selecting materials for storing,  preventing damage in store.
  • Handling products with care to prevent damage.
  • Record and maintain information.

  • Planning and Setting out your work
  • Planning for the day’s work and job ahead.
  • Setting out systems.
  • Work flow and the order of work or assembly.
  • Checking that work is correctly formed and assembled and feedback.
  • Sorting out defects, faults, etc.

  • Jointing wood effectively.
  • Knowledge of fixtures and fittings.
  • Knowing the effective wood joints for needs of the product.

  • Selection and use of access equipment.
  • Selection, erection and use of appropriate equipment.
  • Able to dismantle and store away safely.

  • Portable power tools safety and their use.
  • Changing tooling.
  • Maintenance.

  • Security of tools, equipment, products and personal effects.
  • End of days work drill.
  • Helping to lock up premises securely.

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