Woodwork award for joiner Ben

A Rugby College joinery apprentice chipped his way to success after being named the British Woodworking Federation’s Apprentice of the Year.

Ben James, aged 20, joined the college four years ago before starting as a work experience student at local firm Tompkins Joinery and then advancing on as an apprentice.

Combining his work with his studies, he has progressed from a level two to three apprenticeship.

He currently studies one day a-week at Rugby College, with the rest of his time spent working for his employer and has already completed a few high profile projects of his own, including the joinery for Dallas Burston Polo Club.

Ben said: “When I heard my name read out it was a shock, but I was really happy. It was great to be nominated by my employers as it shows they have faith in your ability.”

Main pic: Ben James being presented with his British Woodworking Federation’s Apprentice of the Year award by Paul Gaze, federation support manager, Construction Industry Training Board