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During National Apprentice Week, 11th March 2018, joinery business Timberworks celebrated their current Apprentice, Dan Cardus, as he reaches the midway point of his Apprenticeship with full thumbs up from all in the company in Settle.
Dan was a school leaver when he started and now after 18 months, is a real part of a team and is working in a 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 recently made some heritage Georgian windows, 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. I like being more hands on rather than being in a classroom."
Timberworks are delighted with the contribution that Dan continues to make to the business. They see having an Apprentice as an investment, in the hope that the Apprentice, once fully trained, will stay with them and add to their force. Having a young Apprentice around also acts as a motivator to the other joiners and sharpens their practice, as they have to show off their skills and often explain what they are doing.
The company made sure Dan was well equipped with the skills and knowledge he needed to succeed and a huge amount of time, with regular checks and supervising, additional paperwork and time spent with the tutor doing progress reviews was put aside for him.
Dan spends one day a week in College and four days onsite. For the first few months Dan had been watching the joiners but now he has his own work allocated in the joinery workshop under the supervision of Timberworks Senior Bench Joiner, Robert. Dan also 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 their previous joiners won Craven College Apprentice of the year so they are hoping to make it a hat trick this year!