W Exhibition puts focus on new talent

10 April 2018

This year’s W Exhibition and sister show Elements will continue their pledge to support and promote new talent in the furniture manufacturing industry.

“The W Exhibition and Elements will launch its first Education Zone,” said events director Lisa Campagnola.

“With the support of our show partners, Didac Ltd, the British Woodworking Federation (BWF) and the National Association of Shopfitters, we will be introducing an area within the exhibition that will be specifically dedicated to apprenticeships and careers within the furniture and joinery manufacturing industries.

“Whether you are an employer looking to offer an apprenticeship, an employee looking for your next step in the industry, or a student who is interested in the sector, industry specialists, career advisers and gurus will be on hand to answer questions and offer sound advice,” said Ms Campagnola.

The BWF will take part in the Education Zone and its chief executive Iain McIlwee said it was critical that they did everything they could to promote apprenticeships in the woodworking sector.

“The industry relies heavily on a skilled workforce, with apprenticeship figures around seven times higher than the national average,” he said.

“The introduction of a dedicated careers area means that we can help to support the industry, highlight the benefits of working with young talent and promote the importance of businesses engaging with students who are considering a role in the industry.”