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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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Medal Result Competitor Country/region
Gold 743 Anthony CHATELAIN France
Gold 741 KYEOM JIN CHO Korea
Bronze 732 Fabio Holenstein Switzerland
Bronze 730 Rui Neto Brazil
Medallion for Excellence 729 CHIEN-CHUN CHAO Chinese Taipei
Medallion for Excellence 728 Bence Stadler Hungary
Medallion for Excellence 723 Julien Neulens Belgium
Medallion for Excellence 720 Walter Sailer Austria
Medallion for Excellence 717 Frederik Riber Denmark
Medallion for Excellence 715 Zekun Chen China
Medallion for Excellence 714 Fabian Ackermann Germany
Medallion for Excellence 714 Vitalii Bondarenko Russia
Medallion for Excellence 700 Joshua Morrissey Australia
Medallion for Excellence 700 Hidetsugu Furumi Japan
Medallion for Excellence 700 Conor Willmott United Kingdom
698 Puji Sulistiono Indonesia
697 Yiu Pan Suen Hong Kong, China
691 Erdenemunkh Nyamdorj Mongolia
690 James McSwiney Ireland
689 Aidin Feiz Arbabi Iran
653 Darío BARRIENTOS Spain
652 Justina Ashiyana Namibia
640 Taha Alhosani United Arab Emirates

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.