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Student case study: Shelby Sutton (Bench Joinery)

…our tutors have a lot of industry experience which they pass on to us

Level 2 and 3 Apprenticeships in Bench Joinery - Shelby Sutton
Shelby Sutton

After a short stint pursuing a sport-based career, Shelby Sutton decided it wasn’t for her and chose to look for other training opportunities. Having always liked making things, and with a particular interest in furniture, she discovered the joinery courses at a Central College Nottingham open event and enrolled. Now Shelby has completed both level 2 and 3 apprenticeships in bench joinery with Nottingham-based company Confetti Constellations, who design and build bespoke furniture for schools. She was the first female student at Central to complete the Level 3 apprenticeship in bench joinery. She has even been awarded a prestigious bursary prize by a construction industry foundation for her achievements and positive attitude.

Shelby tells us:

I’m really enjoying what I’m doing and love going to work. It’s great to learn new technical things at College and be able to put them into practice on real projects for clients at work, which we do all over the country. 

We’re taught in small groups in the new workshops at the Beeston campus, so there are lots of opportunities to speak to the tutors if you need some extra guidance. And our tutors have a lot of industry experience which they pass on to us. It’s a good environment to be in – I don’t find I’m treated any differently because I’m a female in a male-orientated area, so although that might be daunting for some women, I’d advise them not to worry about it!