Apprenticeship Case Study

Jack, Supervisor and Joiner with the Marine Department

Jack started with Lang and Potter in 2016, Jack had family working within Lang and Potter and was given an opportunity to do some work experience in his free time at half term. He enjoyed his work experience and was offered a part-time job in between his college course of Public Services. His part-time job was within our facilities team working across all our sites supporting our workshops and maintenance of our buildings. He got the opportunity to experience joinery as part of his work experience and this helped him decide a route in carpentry was for him.

Once Jack finished college he was offered a full-time apprenticeship in Bench Carpentry, this was a level 2 framework course which meant he attended college once a week to work on the diploma aspect of his qualification. While Jack attended work, he learnt how to manufacturer all aspects of carpentry within our production workshops. The type of work included producing frames for sofas and headboards ready for upholstery. Jack was taught how to operate complex machinery such as the CNC machines, band saws, chops saws and hand tools. He learnt how to work with other types of material to produce furniture which would be passed to our upholstery workshops to complete the process. Jack also learnt how to produce plastic internal and external furniture to go on board luxury yachts which also included building complex helm seat frames.

After 18 months on his apprenticeship Jack successfully completed his level 2 in Bench Carpentry, he has since started on our own in-house supervisor pathway. Jack is learning how to manage teams correctly, line management styles, policies and processes and how to run busy workshops to tight deadlines. Jack enjoys how varied every day is within work and that two days are never the same, he likes to go out on site and fit the beautiful furniture he has made within our workshops. Jack is keen to complete his supervisor training and develop his own workshop in the future.