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Welcome to our World

Britain’s wood-related industries including Carpentry and Joinery, contribute £10 billion to the UK economy. You are part of this National and International World and you’re part of a skilled tradition stretching back thousands of years. Explore the world of wood and the careers surrounding it through the links below.

Career options

Careers with bench joinery: www.wowimadethat.bwf.org.uk/career-options/ 

Careers in Fit-out: https://www.thefis.org/skills-hub/careers-index/  

Careers in Shopfitting: https://www.shopfitters.org/how-to-apply-for-apprenticeships/ 

Careers in general building: https://www.fmb.org.uk/resource/building-a-successful-apprenticeship.html 

Careers with building materials & builders’ merchants: http://www.buildingmaterialscareers.com/ 

 

Links to woodworking related job descriptions

Carpenter: https://www.goconstruct.org/construction-careers/what-jobs-are-right-for-me/carpenter/   

Also explore: https://www.ucas.com/ucas/after-gcses/find-career-ideas/explore-jobs/job-profile/carpenter 

Joiner: https://www.goconstruct.org/construction-careers/what-jobs-are-right-for-me/joiner/ 
Also explore: Bench joiner https://www.goconstruct.org/construction-careers/what-jobs-are-right-for-me/bench-joiner/ 

Wood machinist: https://www.goconstruct.org/construction-careers/what-jobs-are-right-for-me/wood-machinist/  

Also explore:  https://www.ucas.com/ucas/after-gcses/find-career-ideas/explore-jobs/job-profile/woodworking-machinist#:~:text=What%20does%20a%20woodworking%20machinist,staircases%2C%20kitchen%20units%20and%20cabinets 

and also for CNC machining: https://www.ucas.com/ucas/after-gcses/find-career-ideas/explore-jobs/job-profile/cnc-machinist 

Cabinet maker: www.ucas.com/ucas/after-gcses/find-career-ideas/explore-jobs/job-profile/cabinet-maker 

Formworker: https://www.goconstruct.org/construction-careers/what-jobs-are-right-for-me/formworker/ 

 

Areas of employment: Key trade bodies

British Woodworking Federation (joinery companies)                                  www.bwf.org.uk 

Federation of Master Builders:                                                                  www.fmb.org.uk 

Fit-Out Sector (interiors: hotels, restaurants, commercial buildings)            www.thefis.org 

National Association of Shopfitters (retail fit-out)                                       www.shopfitters.org 

National Federation of Builders                                                                 www.builders.org.uk/home 

 

Wider wood industry links

Timber Trade Federation (timber traders, importers and merchants)            www.ttf.co.uk 

Wood Campus                                                                                         www.woodcampus.co.uk 

Wood Panel Industries Federation                                                              www.wpif.org.uk 

Wood Protection Association (timber preservatives)                                    www.thewpa.org 

Wood Technology Society  (wood science & research)                                 www.iom3.org/group/wood-technology-society.html 

 

Organisations promoting timber species from around the world

American Hardwood Export Council Europe                                               www.americanhardwood.org/en 

American Softwoods                                                                               www.americansoftwoods.com 

Grown in Britain                                                                                     www.growninbritain.org 

Malaysian Timber Council                                                                        www.mtc.com.my 

Swedish Wood                                                                                        www.swedishwood.com 

 

Organisations promoting wood as a material and different types of wood products

Wood for Good                                                                                       www.woodforgood.com 

Wood Window Alliance                                                                            www.windows.bwf.org.uk 

BWF Stair Scheme                                                                                 www.stairs.bwf.org.uk 

 

Fire safety and timber & wood products

BWF Fire Door Alliance                                                                           www.firedoors.bwf.org.uk 

Fire Door Safety Week                                                                            www.firedoorsafetyweek.co.uk 

Timber and fire safety                                                                            www.timberfirehub.co.uk 

 

Media serving the wood industry

Fix Radio (Weekly Carpentry Show)                                                         www.fixradio.co.uk 

Structural Timber Magazine                                                                    www.structuraltimbermagazine.co.uk 

Woodworking News                                                                                www.woodworkingnews.co.uk/archives 

Furniture & Joinery Production                                                                www.furnitureproduction.net 

Timber Trades Journal                                                                            www.ttjonline.com 

Wood Based Panels International                                                            www.wbpionline.com 

Timber Construction magazine                                                                www.timbermedia.co.uk 

 

Investigating wood history and wood in ancient buildings:

Vernacular Architecture Group (traditional building of the British Isles)       www.vag.org.uk 

Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings                                          www.spab.org.uk 

The Hawley Gallery (woodworking and other tools)                                   www.simt.co.uk/kelham-island-museum/what-to-see/the-hawley-gallery 

The Tools & Trades History Society                                                          www.taths.org.uk 

 

City of London Livery Companies related to wood

Worshipful Company of Carpenters                                                         https://www.carpentersco.com/ 

Worshipful Company of Joiners & Ceilers                                                 http://www.joinersandceilers.co.uk/?r=1&width=1280&Height=1024 

Worshipful Company of Builders Merchants                                              www.wcobm.co.uk 

Worshipful Company of Turners                                                              https://turnersco.com/ 

Worshipful company of Wheelwrights                                                      www.wheelwrights.org/ 

 

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