In February 2012 I finished my apprenticeship with the Prince’s Foundation, and attended the graduation ceremony. The event was held at the Prince’s Foundation headquarters in London. HRH The Prince of Wales presented us with our certificates and chatted to us about our time as apprentices.
I was honoured to be presented with the Hancocks of London ‘Apprentice of the Year’ award. It was a rewarding and memorable day, and has really made me reflect on what fantastic opportunities I’ve had over the last 9 months.
As part of the apprenticeship programme we built a beautiful oak framed bird hide in Wales. The building combined all the skills that the various craftspeople brought to the programme, and was a brilliant collaboration.
Not only have I had the opportunity to develop my carpentry skills to new levels, but I have also made friends for life. Although we all came with different skills and trades I feel like we’ve all left with a similar outlook, a new perspective on the heritage industry and the part we have to play in taking care of it for future generations.
The Prince’s Foundation Building Craft Apprenticeship programme exceeded my expectations. I feel hugely proud of what we’ve all achieved and excited about the opportunities the future holds.