Posted on: 10th May 2022


We are looking for two trainee timber frame carpenters to join our team in Devon.

Working for Carpenter Oak is more of a vocation than a job. For us, it’s all about the right kind of people and we try to offer them a fully rounded lifestyle choice, to live and work hard in a beautiful part of Devon.

Given the right person, we develop, train and help you build a long term career as professional timber frame carpenter. As well as a CV, it’s important to send us a cover letter telling us a little about yourself – what it is about being a timber frame carpenter that appeals to you, and what it is about heritage craft skills that attract you to want to build beautiful contemporary timber frame structures?

Our work covers the full spectrum of timber builds, from major heritage projects through to exciting contemporary timber engineering schemes; both residential and commercial. This is an opportunity to learn and grow fast, in an energetic and committed environment.

If you want to join a progressive, increasingly employee owned business, which is setting out its plans for the next twenty years, whilst utilising your carpentry skills and experience on a wide range of build projects, using a variety of materials and methods, then we want to hear from you.

No specific qualifications are required to be a trainee carpenter, but any of the following would be useful:

– Carpentry qualifications: NVQ, City & Guilds etc.
– CSCS card, H&S test, first aid, forklift, chainsaw, scaffold towers

Essential requirements:


  • Enthusiasm, enjoyment for work
  • Eagerness to learn and develop
  • Self-motivated
  • Forward thinking, solutions focussed
  • Conscientious and self-responsible
  • Humility, willingness to take instruction
  • Care and attention to detail
  • Ability to work under pressure and to deadlines

Organisational skills:

  • Great communication skills
  • Ability to work in a close team and aware of the needs of others

Cognitive ability:

  • Clear thinking and practically minded
  • Ability to learn and assimilate information and new techniques
  • Focus on quality
  • Exercise care & attention to detail
  • Tidy, productive, efficient
Physical ability:
  • Physically fit and able
  • Good hand-eye coordination and ability to pick up hand skills
  • Methodical and careful in practice
  • Confidence working at height
  • Willingness to work outdoors, in very challenging conditions, in all weathers

Benefits include:

  • 20 days holiday (plus bank holidays), rising to 22 after 5 years
  • Company matched pension scheme
  • Company matched healthcare scheme
  • Tool allowance
  • Plenty of free firewood!
For more details and to apply: Email your CV and a covering letter to