Apprentice based at Beard Guildford earns £200 of tools for excellent restoration work

Nineteen year-old Matt Shepherd, who is currently a trainee carpenter and joiner based at our Guildford office, has been jointly awarded £200 worth of tools by us and the collaborative training body CoTrain in recognition of his excellent work on our Carter House refurbishment and expansion project at Eton College in Windsor.

Matt has joined Beard though CoTrain, a not-for-profit organisation working in partnership with the CITB, on a scheme rolled out following a successful pilot by the CITB, which, in their own words “has been set up to help employers who want to support the development of skills whilst working on regional contracts, but are not in a position to offer a full term apprenticeship, and who wish to support training the future workforce”

Matt has been apprenticing with us since January 2015 and is currently working towards his NVQ Level 2 in Carpentry and Joinery which he is due to complete this September. During his apprenticeship Matt has developed a range of trade skills that are applicable across a wide range of construction projects.   Most recently, he has been learning the specialist skills involved in the restoration and conservation of Carter House, a Grade-II listed building, which required re-using original building materials and piecing them together with new parts to maintain the property’s original character. Matt has already successfully recreated an original archway using this technique, which is due to be approved by National Heritage. He has also worked on constructing a new steel extension to the existing college buildings.

“Talented apprentices like Matt are vital to the future success of Beard and the construction industry which is why we invest a lot of time and energy into developing young talent,” says Guy Hannell, director of Beard’s Guildford office. “Matt is not only passionate about his work but eager to learn and develop his trade skills to the best of his ability. He is also a reliable and enthusiastic member of our project team and an inspiration to other young people considering a construction career.”

After gaining his NVQ Level 2 accreditation this year, Matt plans to start NVQ Level 3.

“Carter House has been a very interesting project for me,” says Matt. “I am learning a lot and feel proud of my achievements which have been recognised by both Beard and CoTrain and I’m delighted to receive these new tools.”

Images: (L–R) Garry Bhela, Beard assistant site manager and Matt Shepherd, Beard carpentry and joinery apprentice

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