THIS IS ONE OF THE TOP PICKED DEPARTMENTS. NEW TRAINEES WILL START THEIR FIRST COUPLE OF WEEKS MAKING A SPICE RACK OR A CORNER UNIT. BY THE TIME THEY LEAVE THEY WILL BE VERY ACCOMPLISHED AT MAKING DRESSERS, DINING TABLES, AND EVEN OUTDOOR OFFICES LIKE THE ABOVE. IF YOU ARE COMMITTED AND PREPARED TO MAKE AN EFFORT, YOU WILL LEAVE WITH YOUR FUNCTIONAL SKILLS IN MATHS AND ENGLISH WHICH OUR ON SITE TUTOR WILL HELP YOU WITH, AND OF COURSE A CITY & GUILDS/NVQ QUALIFICATION IN SITE CARPENTRY/JOINERY. MOST OF OUR TRAINEES GO ON TO CABINET MAKING, KITCHEN OR WINDOW FITTING SO THIS IS A VERY GOOD TRADE TO LEARN.
The Foundation's cabinet-making and joinery department is housed in a large modern workshop, fully equipped with the machinery required for producing oak and pine furniture, hardwood and softwood joinery.
No prior experience is necessary as full training is given. In the first week every new trainee will make a variety of items progressing to a chest of drawers and so on.
Once a trainee is proficient in basic furniture fabrication, he may enter the joinery section of the department. Joinery is a separate discipline involving the production of doors, window frames and gates etc., for both interior and exterior applications, using both softwoods and hardwoods. Much heavier timbers are used in joinery than in furniture production.
All furniture and joinery is produced for sale either through Camelia Botnar Homes & Gardens or direct to the end customer. This helps to instil a serious commercial attitude towards their work - shoddy workmanship simply will not sell.
After around two years of working in this department, trainees will be competent carpenters, qualified to work as machinists, fabricators, joiners or cabinet makers.
Participation in vocational qualifications is encouraged in this department to complement practical skills and our tutor is available to provide any necessary support with written work and with general communication, mathematical and IT skills.
In 2012 Jack won 1st Prize in the Young Craftsmen of the Year competition at the South of England Show and also 1st prize as Overall Young Craftsman of the Year. His prize money was over £1,000 and he received more publicity than a celebrity!
What a way to end your work experience.
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