Lincolnshire apprentice scoops prize in British Woodworking Federation national industry awards

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Henry Acres, apprentice at Holbeach-based joinery firm JT Ward, has won the Apprentice of the Year award at this year’s national British Woodworking Federation (BWF) Awards.

Now in its tenth year, The BWF Awards celebrate the best of the best in UK woodworking, recognising technical innovation, design, process efficiencies, health & safety and the rising stars of the industry.

JT Ward Joinery is a manufacturer of bespoke joinery, including kitchens, bedrooms, staircases, windows and doors.

Henry Acres joined the firm in mid-2017 as an apprentice.

The company enrolled him on an NVQ Diploma at the College of West Anglia, where he has completed Level 2 and is now progressing to Level 3.

Helen Hewitt, acting chief executive of BWF who presented the award to Henry, said: “I’m delighted for both Henry and JT Ward.

“Henry has shown himself to truly be a star of the future in British joinery and woodworking. It’s clear that he has a fantastic attitude to work, along with his high standards of workmanship and skills.”

Henry Acres added: “It means a lot to me to win this award.

“I’m really proud, and it is a great way to show the company my appreciation for the time, effort and money they have put into my training.”

Martin Ward, director of JT Ward said: “We have been employing apprentices for over 14 years and we believe that Henry is one of the most conscientious and talented apprentices we’ve ever had the pleasure to employ.

“He has become a real asset to our company and we believe he is a rising star of the joinery industry.”