Bench joinery student shortlisted as trade apprentice of the year

Ashley King, Bench Joinery student

Congratulations to inspirational Bench Joinery student Ashley King, who was named as one of the final 10 competitors in Screwfix’s Trade Apprentices of the Year competition last week.

Ashley was selected to attend the final of the Screwfix competition at Google headquarters in London on Friday after submitting an online entry and making a video presentation explaining why he was so passionate about his trade and how he saw his career developing.

Judges were looking for the best trade apprentices who exceed expectations. Ashley’s infectious and inspirational passion for his trade makes a big impression on tutors and fellow students at Chesterfield College and this was obviously also noted by the judges.

What started out as a hobby is quickly turning into a highly skilled trade that promises to lead to a very successful career for Ashley.

His interest in joinery started when he was playing semi-professional ice hockey. He came to college to develop his skills and is now exceeding all expectations reaching exceptionally high standards with his work and inspiring others to do the same.

Ashely’s tutor, Chris Hall said:

“Not only is Ashley’s standard of work brilliant, his perfectionist approach is also motivating his peers to develop their skills to the same standard. He has become the benchmark in the class and everyone strives to be as good as Ashley. I am really pleased that his abilities and enthusiasm have won him a place in the final of the Screwfix competition. I know he has a bright future ahead.”

It doesn’t stop there though. Ashley secured part time work with a local architectural woodwork company whose work he really admired after spotting posts the owner of the business had made on social media. This is allowing him to get additional opportunities to develop his skills on a range of joinery projects, including making anything from church bell wheels to roof trusses.

He also has his own You Tube Channel that has attracted over 30,000 views of the videos he posts demonstrating his woodwork projects.

Ashley said:

“There is no greater feeling than seeing the end result of a project I’ve completed and put my heart and soul into.”

Find out more about Carpentry & Joinery courses at Chesterfield College here