Apprentice/Trainee of the Year Award

CITB LogoThe Apprentice/Trainee of the Year Award celebrates the success of the rising stars of the joinery industry. The award is kindly sponsored by CITB

The award recognises apprentices or trainees that have really stood out during their time with a joinery company. They may have achieved some fantastic feats in their work, or show extraordinary commitment that really adds value to a company's workforce or the production. It also seeks to celebrate those that have entered through other training routes, including graduates, A-Level students and in-house trainees.

Entries are open to any apprentice (that is undertaking external training/qualifications, or has done recently) that is employed within a joinery company. Entrants can also be trainees that are undertaking (or have recently undertaken) external training/qualifications, or a structured in-house training programme that is employed within a joinery company.

The 2017 British Woodworking Federation Awards winners were announced at the BWF Annual Dinner & Awards which took place on Friday 24th November at the fantastic Drapers' Hall, London. Here you can read about the fantastic winning entries and view photos of the event.

Judging Criteria

The award will be judged against the following criteria:

Outstanding achievement – quality of workmanship

Commitment – good timekeeping and attitude

Adding value – the use of initiative to improve workplace processes and/or quality

Personal development – how the apprentice/trainee has benefited from his/her training in terms of maturity and workmanship

Shortlisted entries in this category will be given two complimentary tickets for themselves and a guest (accompanying guest must be over 18 if the apprentice is under 18).

**The 2018 Apprentice/Trainee of the Year award (sponsored by CITB) is now open for entries. Entry is free and open to all, including non-members of the BWF so long as they are from the UK joinery and woodworking sector. The deadline for entries is 5pm on Friday 22nd June 2018**

Download the entry form and enter now!


Apprentice of the Year Award winners (view Trainee winners)

2017: Oliver Walker of Gowercroft Joinery

From the start of his employment, it was clear that Oliver was an ambitious young man with a desire to learn and improve. While completing his apprenticeship, he has been involved in some very prestigious projects. Oliver’s work on a bespoke window sample for a property in Mayfair led to an order for windows and doors totalling over six figures

2016: Imogen Davis of Law & Lewis Joinery of Cambridge Ltd

Imogen Davies of Law and Lewis of Cambridge was awarded Apprentice of the Year at the 2016 BWF Awards. Within just six months, Imogen had demonstrated exceptional skill as an apprentice joiner, quickly graduating to tasks that require a great deal of skill and attention to detail. Projects included the manufacturing of a bespoke bathroom cabinet. Find out more about Imogen's story...


2015: Joe Handy of West Oak Joinery Ltd

After completing his school work experience at West Oak Joinery, Joe went on to begin his apprenticeship when he left school at 16. Judges said: “the quality of his workmanship has been second-to-none, showing skill and knowledge from the interpretation of drawings and design, mastering complex production of panels, sashes, kite and winder stairs, and curved oak frames, to name a few. He is maturing well beyond his years, and is now an integral and vital part of the team.”

2014: Ben James of Tompkins Joinery

Ben had worked at Tompkins Joinery for four years, starting as a work experience student there before going on to complete his apprenticeship and achieve NVQ Level 3 and Diploma Level 3.

He has already completed a few high profile projects of his own, including the joinery for Dallas Burston Polo Club, the prestigious polo ground based in Southam, Warwickshire.

Ben is a genuine high achiever. Although he didn’t enjoy school, he became Deputy Head Boy, and he also now coaches an Under 14s football team as well as helping to run and raise funds for the Gary Barton Memorial Trust, a cancer charity set up in memory of his uncle.

Andy Tompkins, owner of Daventry-based Tomkins Joinery, said: “If something needs doing, Ben is there. He gets in early to start work and stays until the job is done. Attitude is everything, and Ben’s approach to his work is simply excellent.”

2012: Chris Lake of GS Haydon & Son Ltd

Chris Lake - Apprentice of the Year Winner 2012Chris Lake, apprentice joiner at GS Haydon & Son Ltd in South Molton, Devon won the 2012 Apprentice of the Year Award. It was presented at the glittering BWF Annual Dinner & Awards Ceremony held at Lord's Cricket Ground in London.

He was praised by his employer Graham Haydon, MD of GS Haydon & Son Ltd: “Chris showed promise from the beginning, even in the professional manner of his CV. Since he has started with us, Chris has shown an impressive work ethic, the right attitudes and aptitudes. Learning the basics fast, he has quickly moved onto more complex tasks and he is assisting other team members with their work.

“Chris put himself forward to work on some complex jobs here, and he has really done well. One of our clients praised him too, commending Chris’s attitude and high standard of workmanship on a tricky stair restoration project. We have high hopes for this young man who will become a highly skilled joiner and a valued member of our team.”

2008: Ryan Cassidy of Woodbase Joiners Ltd

Ryan Cassidy won our first Apprentice of the Year Award. Ryan was admired for his commitment, loyalty and developing skills. Simon Bartlett of Woodbase Joiners Limited, who nominated Ryan for the Award, was delighted with his success. “This is very well deserved” he said. “Ryan has been a real credit to our business and I believe he has a very bright future. He has exceptional talent and has all the attributes required to make him an outstanding craftsman.”


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