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Cutting and joining interior and exterior items, from windows and stairs to bookshelves and tables, for both commercial and residential projects.

Why is this skill important?

Joinery is closely associated with cabinet making and carpentry. Working from drawings, the joiner produces items such as doors, windows, stairs, tables, and bookshelves.

The joiner is usually based in a workshop because the formation of various joints requires specialist machinery, but sometimes undertakes installations in the homes of customers and on building sites. They will produce and interpret drawings, set out and measure, cut, form joints, assemble, install and finish to a high standard.

For the talented joiner there are many commercial, residential and international opportunities; the diversity of skills and opportunities associated with joinery is therefore likely to expand.

Could this skill be for you?

If you like:

  • Making things
  • Craftsmanship
  • Using tools
  • Being creative
  • Working as a team

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The Challenge

Important elements of the challenge include:

  • Joiners typically produce items such as interior and exterior doors, windows, stairs, tables and bookshelves.

  • Competitors must show they know how to use the different tools needed to cut and assemble projects

  • Joints must be cut with great care and precision.

  • Judges are looking for skill and accuracy in the appearance of the finished project.

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How to compete

To reach the level of skills required to compete in a WorldSkills Competition takes several years of training and dedication. But the best time to start is now.

Find out more about how to take part in a WorldSkills Competition.