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New apprentice joins team

Shropshire building contractor, Morris Property, has welcomed another bench joiner to its busy joinery workshop at Bicton Business Park, Shrewsbury.

Liam Jones, who is studying for his Level 3 in Bench Joinery with Wrexham College, has become the latest apprentice to join the expanding joinery team.

Liam’s career began as a painter and decorator, and he worked as a kitchen fitter before finding his passion for joinery as he watched bespoke, made-to-measure kitchens being crafted in the workshop.

Returning to education has been enjoyable for Liam, spending his first-year learning principles of construction with an overview of using power tools and machinery proficiently, as well as basic woodworking skills.

Liam said: “Now I’m in my second year, I’m really developing my skills, working on more complex projects including doors, staircases and tables. I am looking forward to completing my apprenticeship to become a qualified joiner."

Liam’s passion doesn’t stop when he leaves work. He has been enthusiastically developing his skills on small projects at home in his own workshop, and has challenged himself to build a bigger and better new space this summer. Not a small feat, this 10ft x 12ft shed will be allow him to work on bigger projects and store his tools.

Morris Property construction manager Steve Flavell said: “Liam is a real asset to the team assisting them with their busy workload and helping on site fitting bespoke windows and doors for clients. There’s a real skills gap in the construction sector so it’s vital we support and inspire young people to choose a career within the sector and open opportunities for the future, Liam takes our number of current apprentice bench joiners to three.”