19, Joiner, Parker & Highland Joinery
You’ve got to enjoy working with wood. It’s not about coming to work because you’ve got nothing else to do. I’ve always been interested in making things, even before I went to high school. When it came to leaving school I went to a college open day and found a cabinet-making and furniture course. I started doing that but to be honest I got bored so I started thinking about joinery instead.
It was difficult to find a joinery apprenticeship – I applied to about a dozen different companies before I found one – but it’s certainly been worth it. I’m just finishing my level 2 apprenticeship as a bench joiner and hopefully I’m going to be good enough to go on to do level 3.
Corey’s employer, Sharon Gorf, says:
“We can measure the value to our business that apprentices like Corey contribute. We have regular lean manufacturing meetings at which we look at our methods of working and factory processes. The apprentices come up with good, innovative ideas and always have something to say. They’re a valued part of our business.”