Sharing Skills with Boston College

George Barnsdale opened their factory doors to Carpentry and Joinery students from Boston College, to provide a taste of a typical working day in a leading joinery factory.



Students were shown the production processes used in the manufacturer of market leading timber windows and doors, including CNC routing and robotic spray lines, supported by traditional carpentry and joinery skills.

There is always a need for students to recognise what employers consider to be the essential broader employment skills. Through meeting with Darren Templeman, a former student of the carpentry and joinery course at Boston College and now Operations Director at George Barnsdale, they were given the opportunity to hear this first hand.

John Gilchrist, a senior tutor from the college and former mentor to Darren Templeman said:

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

Students also learned of the company’s pledge to use only sustainably sourced timber, and their commitment to reducing the environmental impact of manufacture through the use of a bio-mass boiler, used to heat the factory and offices.

George Barnsdale are now looking into how they can further support the college with a work experience plan.


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