The British Woodworking Federation Group

Apprenticeship Case Studies

Apprenticeships has been the main way of getting into the woodworking industry. They offer a varied learning experience (hands-on experience and study) and allow you to earn while you learn industry skills.

To help showcase the many opportunities that apprenticeships can bring, we have a number of case studies where apprentices, in their own words, share their experiences.

Bailey Donkin

Since he decided to undertake a woodworking apprenticeship, Bailey Donkin of Middlesbrough-based firm ERW Joinery, has won a national industry award and developed the skills and expertise that have set him on his way to a long and successful career in the woodworking and joinery manufacturing industry

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William Wragg

Nearly two years ago, William Wragg took the plunge and left sixth form to begin an apprenticeship at joinery firm Tom Pearson & Sons. Since then he has developed essential skills and a passion for woodworking that has put him on track for a rewarding and successful career.

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Indira Esser-Dunbar

As a highly-talented product design student at school, Indira Esser-Dunbar faced a major decision: study at a top university or take an apprenticeship related to the woodworking and joinery industry where she wanted to forge a career, and develop her skills on the job.

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Become An Apprentice

There are a number of ways that you can kick-start your apprenticeship journey. You can become an apprentice from 16 years old, but many decide to retrain and join the industry later on.

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