CR Smith and Fife College team up to launch fast-track joinery programme

CR Smith and Fife College have teamed up to launch a fast-track training scheme for joiners to help address demand for trade skills.

The programme is open to anyone aged 19 and above. Successful candidates will be supported through a 10-month course in carpentry and joinery. Starting in September, they will spend three days a week at college, complemented by work experience at CR Smith.

Upon successful completion of an SCQF Level 5 qualification, the trainees will be guaranteed an interview with CR Smith and have the opportunity to apply for a place on the firm’s adult apprenticeship programme.

Ian Macfarlane, MD of CR Smith, said, “We want to see more people take up joinery jobs, and this new Trainee Joiner Programme is one way that we can achieve that. The programme offers would-be joiners the chance to learn the skills while building their knowledge and understanding of how those skills can be applied in a ‘real’ working environment.

“Our commitment is to provide relevant work experience as well as an interview and skills test for all those who successfully complete the course. Most importantly, it could also lead to an opportunity to commence an adult apprenticeship.”

Jan Thomson, director of business development at Fife College, added, “Working with CR Smith, we are creating a new path for those wanting to take up a career as a joiner, learning both the technical knowledge and the skills they will need to enter the workplace. This programme could provide a huge boost to anyone looking to enter the joinery profession, providing them with thorough and accelerated training.

“We’ve had a great partnership with CR Smith over the past years and in that time we’ve provided a huge number of individuals the skills they need to start a career in the industry. This new programme will continue that good work, and we look forward to providing many more opportunities for individuals across Fife for many years to come.”

Applicants should send a CV and cover letter to