With an ageing workforce and fewer people choosing to enter the joinery and carpentry profession, it’s now more vital than ever for joinery companies such as ours, to take charge and create more employment opportunities for young people, as well as nurture and develop their skill set to help future-proof the industry.
Over the years we have partnered up with various institutions to help promote our apprenticeship scheme and over the course of this year we were delighted to join forces with Havering Collage, the City of Westminster Collage, and Building Crafts College Stratford, where we were able to roll out the scheme, that offers hands-on, practical work experience, and allows the students to shadow our highly skilled specialist team so that they can learn on the job.
Joinery apprenticeship scheme
Using our in-house training system, the student is exposed to every element of the job, from being given access to our 3D Solidworks software, where they will be tasked with creating their own designs, right down to being trained on the tools and machinery in the workshop. All we ask for in return is a passion for joinery, and the enthusiasm to learn.
This year we welcomed 17-year-old Stanley to the workshop. Having completed work experience with us, we were so impressed with his work that we offered him a paid apprenticeship, which he is able to do alongside his collage course so that he can earn while he learns.
Many of our apprentices are currently in the process of completing their studies, and once they pass their exams they are able to progress to positions of responsibility within the company.
If you would like to know more about the scheme or get involved, please visit our work experience and apprenticeship page for more details; or if you would prefer to discuss this with a member of the team – get in touch.