National Apprenticeship Week 2016

RW Joinery’s National Apprenticeship Week 2016 Event

About National Apprenticeship Week 2016

National Apprenticeship Week 2016 takes place between Monday 14th March – Friday 18th March 2016 and will be the ninth annual event.


The purpose of the Week is to celebrate apprenticeships and traineeships and the positive impact that they have on not only the individual participant but also on business and the economy as a whole. This year the theme of the Week is to celebrate the overarching theme of “Rise to the Top”. RW Joinery have a long history of supporting trainees and apprentices in the workplace and have decided this year to showcase our support of National Apprenticeship Week 2016 whilst celebrating the success of apprentices and trainees in our workplace, the benefits they bring to the business, their own careers and the wider community of Stockport where we are based.

RW Joinery Welcome Ann Coffey MP

To celebrate National Apprenticeship Week 2016, RW Joinery welcomed Ann Coffey MP to our premises on Friday 11th March 2016. As part of the visit, Ann was able to meet with and speak to members of the RW Joinery workforce who are involved in the apprenticeship or trainee programmes. We are delighted that Ann agreed to take time out of her busy schedule to come and visit us and see what being an apprentice or trainee at RW Joinery involves.

People involved:

  • Donald Cameron – Production Director. Donald is in overall charge of the running of the production department at RW Joinery from day to day operations and planning to longer term strategies. Donald helps with the Joinery Apprenticeship programme, organising the delivery of training in the workshop and supporting the apprentices.
  • Mary O’Malley – Commercial & Construction Director & Mentor. Mary is passionate about growing talent from within the company and the local community and supports our trainees with mentoring.
  • Jake Stafford – Joinery Apprentice. Jake started his Joinery Apprenticeship with RW Joinery in 2015 and is now in his second year of four in his programme. Jake will be talking to Ann on her visit to explain how the apprenticeship programme works for him. He will also be showing Ann around the workshop and explaining how his work and training is developing.
  • Tom Chandler – Assistant Quantity Surveyor. After completing a successful period of work experience at RW Joinery, we realised Tom’s potential and invited Tom to stay on as a trainee. We support him with his university fees and he attends Salford University one day a week. Tom’s work within his traineeship includes ensuring the smooth running and commercial success of projects.
  • Jordan Band – Trainee Quantity Surveyor. Jordan started with RW Joinery in November 2015 as a trainee and currently assists Tom with the view of taking over those responsibilities in his own right. Jordan hasn’t yet started his university course and is currently considering his options to start in September.
  • Dave Lee – Team Leader, Assembly. Dave started as an apprentice with RW Joinery in April 1981 and has worked his way up through the ranks to the position of team leader in charge of our doorset assemble operatives.
  • Andy Harrop – Team Leader, Bespoke Joinery. Andy joined the team as an apprentice in January 1983 and has also worked his way up to now hold the position of general workshop supervisor. He now holds this senior role whilst also being the direct team leader for the operatives involved in making our bespoke joinery products. Andy also assists our Health & Safety Coordinator with the day-to-day implementation of the Heath & Safety policies and procedures.

History of RW Joinery and Apprenticeships

RW Joinery is fast approaching its 50th year in business from being first established in 1967 by Douglas Robinson and Reginald Williams, both experienced joiners from a local construction company.

We now work in a variety of sectors including retail, commercial and academic; with our clients being a range of both national and international clients. Our clients include Laing O’Rourke, Pochin, Carillion and Balfour Beatty.

However, we never forget our humble beginnings and will always be a local company at heart. Some of our workshop based staff have been with the company since the early 1980s where they started their own careers as trainees, working their way through the ranks to now work in positions such as Team Leader, Bespoke Joinery and Team Leader, Assembly.

Trusted and Accredited Manufacturers

  • CHAS Accredited Contractor
  • BM Trada Q Mark Certification
  • Constructionline Gold Member 2018
  • BWF Membership Certificate 2020

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