How does the relationship work between apprentice and mentor?
Ben: “The apprentices each work closely with their mentor and the projects assigned to them. They get the opportunity to work right from the beginning, through to the end of a project. We show them how to approach a job and set themselves up. How to read the Rods, which are a full-size rendering of the design for a piece. They show a front, side and aerial view of every piece we build. Along with the Rods comes a cutting list and they learn how to find all the components they will need to build a piece. This can include the timber, handles, hinges and worktops.”
Luigi: “Outside of projects they also have a task list which needs to be completed throughout their time here. It is a list of tasks which tests what they have learnt and makes sure they finish their apprenticeship with key skills. We want them to know how to overcome problems and fix their own mistakes, so they can have confidence in their work.”
(Pictured: Ben Puttock)