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Level Intermediate Apprenticeship – Level 2
Awarding Body


  • Level 2 NVQ in Merchant Supplies – Timber
  • Level 2 in Timber and Panel Products and their uses
  • Functional Skills (Maths and English)
Training and Assessment

Workplace Visits and E-Portfolio

Note: Candidates do not attend college.

Duration Minimum 12 Months
  • FREE for 16-18 year olds
  • 19 + part funded with employer contribution POA

About the Apprenticeship

This timber qualification is a brand new qualification launched in 2013, developed by the industry to meet the needs of merchants who require a specific timber and panel products merchanting qualification for their employees.

It is a work based programme that provides hands on experience and knowledge to understand timber and panel products and their uses, underpinned by skills that merchants require to buy, sell and manage stock including customer service.

The full qualification can be achieved on the apprentice programme, but learners age 19+ can achieve the NVQ only, which is the part of the qualification that demonstrates practical skills.  Employers might prefer the NVQ only route for employees who have acquired significant timber and panel product knowledge by virtue of several years’ experience working in a branch.

The course covers

  • timber and panel products and their uses
  • purchase timber and timber based products
  • sell timber and timber based products
  • customer service skills
  • stock and logistics operations
  • health & safety in the workplace


The Timber Merchanting Apprenticeship is comprised of a number of recognised qualifications as well as the training provided by the employer on the job.

  • Level 2 NVQ in Merchant Supplies – Timber (demonstrating practical skills)
  • Level 2 in Timber and Panel Products and their uses (demonstrating knowledge and understanding)
  • Functional Skills (Maths and English)
  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities Workbook

Delivered in the Workplace

Apprentices are working members of staff who are trained by their employer. Didac Ltd provides additional training and assessment to complete the Apprenticeship.

With Didac Ltd, learners do not go to college; all training is delivered on the employers premises.

Cost and Government Funding

Funding is provided by the Skills Funding Agency (SFA).

  • 16 – 18 Year Olds              Fully Funded
  • 19 + (including Adults)   Part Funded

Where only part funding is available, the employer is required to make a contribution. The level of funding available depends on factors such age of the Apprentice and previous qualifications.

The best way to determine the level of funding available to an Apprentice is to contact us directly.


Progression can include ILM Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Management, dependant on job role and responsibilities

More Training Options

Timber Merchant Supplies is available as a standalone NVQ for those who only need to assess their workplace competence.