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Ellis Furniture apprentices win awards

* Apprentices-with-Richard-Ellis.jpgAs part of its ongoing commitment to support apprenticeships, Ellis Furniture is proud to have yet another of its talented young students receive an award in recognition of his hard work.

Daniel Fugler secured the award from Leeds College of Building following the production of a beautiful solid oak bookcase; which required intricate work to produce dark walnut inlay detail and a tongue and groove back panel. The award, acknowledging Daniel's hard work, commitment and achievements, will be presented at a ceremony later this month.

This is the second accolade secured by an Ellis Furniture apprentice during 2011. Earlier in the year, Oliver Wike gained an award from The Bermar Building Company in recognition of an achievement on his Machine Woodworking Apprenticeship Course, in which he designed and made a striking corner table from solid ash and walnut, using a lathe to produce the intricate legs. Both apprentices have been rewarded with a gift from the directors at Ellis Furniture, in recognition of their achievements.

These recent awards add to the many awards won by Ellis Furniture apprentices over previous years, and are testament to the quality of apprenticeship provided by Ellis Furniture, which, during its 120 years, has trained many apprentices in conjunction with Leeds College of Building, believing the company has an important role to play in ensuring there are quality craftsmen for the future.

Apprentices spend three years completing their apprenticeships, learning the basic foundations of furniture making and the use of specialised machinery; before being trained for a permanent role in the company during their third year.

"As a family business, offering apprenticeships is something we have always felt passionately about," says Ellis Furniture director Richard Ellis. "We employ between six and nine apprentice cabinet makers and wood machinists, and find that many apprentices love the work so much that they tend to stay with us to continue their career.

"We believe it's important to encourage the skilled craftsmen of tomorrow and invest in the future of our industry, so it's fantastic to be able to help provide young people with a great start to their career. We've built the business on the solid foundations of our outstanding attention to detail and that begins with quality craftsmen lovingly producing quality furniture that's built to last."

Daniel Fugler adds: "I'm honoured to have won this award, and I'm extremely grateful to the team at Ellis Furniture for helping to provide such a great start to my career. I would highly recommend the apprenticeship to anyone considering a career in carpentry."

Picture shows: Apprentices Daniel Fugler (left) and Oliver Wike (centre) with Richard Ellis (right), of Ellis Furniture

T: 01484 514 212
W: www.ellisfurniture.co.uk

28th October 2011

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