Taking timber to the classroom

Students at New College in Durham learnt about the incredible, sustainable careers which come from working with wood, as Timber Development UK together with the Institute of Carpenters took timber to the classroom.

Young carpenters and joiners were treated to expert advice, as they learnt about the latest sustainable wood products available to them from our members.

Nick Boulton, our head of technical and trade policy, talked on where timber comes from, it’s crucial role in building a sustainable future, and the practical elements of building with timber. He was joined by TDUK member Megan Bradford, of Medite SmartPly, showcasing their latest MDF and OSB production methods.

Durham College - TDUK and IOC talking timber in the classroom.

Durham College | Engaging with our young people is essential to the future of our industry.

Other speakers at the event included Geoff Rhodes, president of the Institute of Carpenters, Sharon Bew, of the Construction Industry Training Board, Geoff Jackson, from Langley Furniture Works, Lucy Kamall, on behalf of the American Hardwood Export Council, Stephen Flynn, from the National Association of Shopfitters, and Florence Salberter, of Historic England.

Each speaker was able to bring a unique angle to the session, helping showcase the diverse career opportunities available in the timber supply chain.

“We see this as a great practical opportunity to ensure this next generation of carpenters and joiners are fully aware of the latest sustainable wood products available to them from TDUK members,” said Nick.

“It’s important to connect with students, and let them know of the incredible opportunities available in the wood sector. Along with traditional site carpentry and bench joinery, timber is a crucial element for modern methods of construction (MMC), offsite manufacturing and timber engineering,

Durham College – Students were excited to hear about the opportunities available in the timber industry.

“Those who work with wood can find themselves in a diverse range of places, from restoring heritage buildings and museums, on estates, within silviculture and agriculture, or working in marine environments.

“We passionately believe that the opportunities within our sector are rewarding for anyone who chooses to work with wood – and we can’t wait to see many of the students we talked to at our member companies in future.”

If you would like to be a part of inspiring future generations of timber professionals, make sure to get in touch with us at Timber Development UK as part of our Timber Industry College Hub Events.