24th September 2019
Three bench joinery apprentices from York College who are embarking on their Level 3 Bench Joinery qualifications have been successful in the Carpenters Craft regional competition 2018/19.
(Photo - left to right: Tim Thwaite, Jacob Cockeram and Callum Sissons)
The Carpenters’ Craft Competition is a national competition for students of carpentry and joinery, it gives outstanding students the chance to showcase their work and have it judged by leaders in the field. It encourages and rewards highly motivated students who are preparing to go the extra mile to achieve the highest possible standards.
The apprentices took time out to make a cabinet door front which was sent away for marking. Students from over 200 colleges entered the competition and having three York College joinery apprentices excelling in the region is a superb result!
Tim Thwaite (age 34) won over-21 category. Tim is employed by Houghtons of York and is pleased that his skills have been recognised by experts in the industry. He says: “When I was younger I didn’t really engage with anything – I held down several jobs and did some travelling before deciding to retrain to be a joiner. I find practical learning easier than academia and I’m happy that I seem to have found my niche in joinery.”
Jacob Cockeram (age 18) won the under-21 category. Jacob is employed by Stage One in Tockwith and says he always critiques his own work: “I was hopeful I had done well in the competition and winning the regional under-21 category is nice confidence boost.” Formerly of Tadcaster Grammar School, Jacob did well in his GCSEs and wanted to study a practical subject with a clear progression route. He is enjoying the challenges of working on interesting creative projects at Stage One.
Callum Sissons (age 18) gained 2nd place in the under-21 category. Callum, formerly of Woldgate College, is an apprentice with Peter Thompson Joinery Ltd and says he is gaining valuable experience at work and College. He says: “Entering this competition gave me an opportunity to prove my skills.”
Joinery tutor Adrian Salton said: “It’s great to have three winners! I congratulate Tim, Jacob and Callum on their success – they were each chosen to take part in the competition because they have demonstrated exceptional craftsmanship whilst studying for their apprenticeships.”