Young Apprentice Makes Big Difference to Joinery Business

During National Apprentice Week, 11th March 2018, we celebrate our current apprentice, Dan Cardus, as he reaches the midway point of his apprenticeship with full thumbs up from us all here in Settle.

Dan was a school leaver when he started and now after 18 months, is a real part of a team and working in the successful business. Dan summarises his experience to date; “I’ve learnt loads. I enjoyed building and installing a large decking in the summer. Also making doors and windows. We made some heritage Georgian windows, recently and it was good to do some traditional joinery work.”

Dan says of juggling studying and working in the ‘real world’, “It isn’t hard. College is the easy bit, but all my learning takes place here at Timberworks from the joiners here. I like being more hands on rather than being in a classroom.”

We’re delighted with the contribution that Dan makes to the business. We see having an apprentice as an investment, in the hope that the apprentice, once fully trained, will stay with us and add to our work force. Having a young apprentice around also acts as a motivator to the other joiners and sharpens their practice, as they have to show their skills and often explain what they are doing.

Setting up the apprentice initially needs a great deal of time and input, with regular checks and supervising, additional paperwork and time spent with the tutor doing progress review. Health and safety inspections also take extra time.

Dan spends one day a week in college and four days onsite. For the first few months Dan was watching the joiners but now he has his own work allocated in the joinery workshop under the supervision of Timberworks Bespoke Joinery’s Senior Bench Joiner, Robert. Dan often goes onsite with Drew and Tom to work as part of a fitting team.

Dan is the fifth joinery apprentice at Timberworks. Two of our previous joiners won Craven College Apprentice of the year so we are hoping to make it a hat trick this year!

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