During National Apprenticeship Week 2016 (14 – 18 March) I visited R W Joinery, a Portwood based company which has built its local workforce on the foundation of offering career progression through apprenticeships.
I was welcomed by Production Director Donald Cameron, and met Andy Harrop and Dave Lee who both started as apprentices in the early 1980s and have progressed to senior roles in the company.
During the visit, I met Jake Stafford, aged 20, who is a current apprentice joiner, and tried my hand at a couple of Jake’s day to day practical tasks – operating a door lifting machine and drilling a door frame.
It’s important that we continue to attract young people into practical trades like joinery. Talking to Jake I could see how interesting the work is, and I wish him well for the future. Apprenticeships like this can be the route to a great career.
Donald Cameron, Production Director, said:
“Provided our apprentices or trainees have the drive to move forward, there are no limitations here at R W Joinery. We see them as the almost the lifeblood of the business.”