Tom’s initial training was at Plumpton College in Lewes, East Sussex where he first gained a Level 2 Diploma in Environmental and Land Based Studies Diploma. He progressed to an extended BTEC Diploma in Countryside Management & Environmental Conservation gaining an A* and he was also awarded Best Practical Student in Countryside Studies at Plumpton College in 2014.
He was employed as a Forestry/ Arboricultural Operative for two and a half years, mainly for the Woodland Trust, before spotting an advertisement for a Wheelwright apprenticeship with local Master Wheelwright, Douglas Andrews, in Heathfield, East Sussex.
“I have always enjoyed making things out of wood and working with my hands, so when an opportunity to train as a Wheelwright arose to learn a heritage craft from a Master Wheelwright, it was an offer I couldn’t refuse!”
Tom’s apprenticeship is jointly funded by the Worshipful Company of Wheelwrights and the Worshipful Company of Coachmakers. His progression has been extremely fast and he will complete his apprenticeship 20 months early in November 2020.