Woodwork lesson for students at Donington timber business

Keanu Gaston-Hird (right) shows Boston College students the art of making timber windows at George Barnsdale & Sons Ltd, Donington.
Keanu Gaston-Hird (right) shows Boston College students the art of making timber windows at George Barnsdale & Sons Ltd, Donington.
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Established Donington firm George Barnsdale and Sons welcomed students from Boston College for a lesson on making timber windows and doors.

The 130-year old craftsmen’s firm gave carpentry and joinery students the experience of a typical working day at its factory in High Street.

Operations manager Darren Templeman (left) with students and senior tutor John Gilchrist from Boston College.

Operations manager Darren Templeman (left) with students and senior tutor John Gilchrist from Boston College.

Students were shown the production processes used in the manufacturing of timber windows and doors, as well as more traditional carpentry and joinery skills.

Stuart Shaw, marketing design officer at George Barnsdale, said: “There is always a need to recognise what employers consider to be the essential, broader employment skills and students were given the opportunity to hear this first hand.”

Students met operations director Darren Templeman, an ex-carpentry and joinery student at Boston College where a Building Brilliance Day is taking place this week.

Mike Pryjdun, the college’s programme area manager for construction, carpentry and joinery, said: “The students found the experience to be extremely valuable and they really enjoyed meeting former students who had gone on to work in the industry.

We want to maintain a curriculum that reflects industry needs, visits such as today provide staff with the experience to do this.

John Gilchrist, senior tutor from Boston College and former mentor to Darren Templeman

“They were able to see first-hand that the skills they are learning can lead to great career opportunities and how former students have become successful joiners.

“Meeting the employees at George Barnsdale and seeing the work they do day-by-day only confirmed their desire to progress into the joinery and carpentry industry.”

“But not only are all students studying carpentry and joinery at Boston College taught by industry expert lecturers, they also have the opportunity to visit external companies and gain work experience as part of their studies.

“This provides them with the essential skills for future employment and I know that George Barnsdale is now looking into how they can further support the college with a work experience plan.”