There are currently 29 apprentice joiners from 1st to 4th year spread throughout nine employers in Lewis, Harris and Uist.
The SVQ Level 3 in Carpentry and Joinery gives the LCC UHI students the opportunity to learn bench and site skills that help them progress in their chosen career.
For some students, college is the only time they will ever have the experience of making stairs and complex, bespoke joinery products; this is due to the ever increasing delivery of pre-manufactured components being used on site.
The college workshop and machine shop, allow students to gain experience using a vast range of portable and fixed carpentry and joinery machinery; honing their skills, and making them great all round joiners.
Without college-based learning, the majority of apprentices would not get the opportunity to use this machinery throughout their apprenticeships, or their careers.
Having this opportunity allows them to choose the path they want to take within the scope of carpentry and joinery.
Our apprentices do not get pre-dressed timber delivered at the size they need; all timber is cut and dressed from battens in the workshop to suit each projects requirements.
A batten delivered on a Monday morning could be a stair or door by the end of the week. The students get satisfaction being able to complete a project from the planning stage to the completion of their final bespoke products.