Posted on July 24, 2015
Carpentry apprentice Josh Baldry has been selected from tradesmen from across the UK to train and work with the prestigious Prince’s Foundation.
Josh has spent the past five years with Suffolk New College – three as a student and the last two as a bench joinery apprentice in the Carpentry Workshop.
Now though he is preparing for a new challenge after winning a place with the Prince’s Foundation in Scotland, where he will learn more about the techniques employed in heritage work.
The 21-year-old will train for three months at Dumfries House in East Ayrshire before embarking on a placement with a firm, where he will carry out stone masonry, build timber structures and learn thatching.
Former Stowupland High School pupil Josh, who hopes to one day run his own business, said: “I’m really looking forward to the challenge, although leaving family and friends when I train in Scotland will be hard.
“I have had a great time at Suffolk New College – the tutors have been brilliant and I have learnt so much.”
Carpentry and Joinery lecturer Darren Chittock said he was delighted at Josh’s opportunity.
“Josh has a chance of a lifetime to learn some traditional trades that he will hopefully be able to put to good use in his future career.
“He needs to make the most of his training experiences to ensure he reaps the maximum benefits possible from this fantastic taste of some heritage trades.
“All of those who have worked alongside Josh during his time at the College, and I as his mentor during his advanced apprenticeship, wish him every success in his training and whichever path his career takes following this wonderful placement.
“He is richly deserving of this opportunity as he has worked extremely hard to get to this position.”
To find out more about courses in carpentry and joinery at Suffolk New College, visit Suffolk.ac.uk or call 01473 382211.