Beneficiary of one of the nail guns, James Hammond, has been undertaking an apprenticeship with DTS and its service level agreement partner, SE Carpentry, for five months as part of the College’s Level 2 City and Guilds carpentry course. The second nail gun will be used by the second apprentice who will join the team shortly. Worth over £1,200, the nail guns will support Mr Hammond’s skills development in timber frame construction and bolster his future career in the construction industry.

Under the two-and-a-half-year programme, each apprentice will spend four days per week on-site, delivered by SE Carpentry, with one day focusing on in-class modules, including an additional module on modern methods of construction (MMC) for timber frame that was developed in partnership with DTS.

“I’m grateful to YB Fixings for the nail guns, which will be vital in gaining hands-on training and developing my skills in timber frame construction,” said Mr Hammond. “It has been fantastic to learn from the DTS and SE Carpentry teams and I’m excited to develop my experience over the next two years.”

“At DTS, we’re committed to enabling skills development in the next generation so it is brilliant that our suppliers and partners also support our partnership with West Herts College,” said Joe Romo, senior contracts manager at DTS. “We’re already seeing incredible progress in our first apprentice and we look forward to continuing to support their learning and development.”

“We are very pleased to be part of this pioneering scheme, delivered by West Herts College and supported by DTS, to further educate apprentices in our sector of the construction industry,” said Spencer Earl, director of SE Carpentry. “James is the first in hopefully a very long line that will become part of the SE Carpentry family.”

“Investing in the tools of an apprentice is sowing the seeds of a skilled craftsman,” said Rachel Hudson, managing director at YB Fixings. “By donating the tools needed for their trade, we empower them to shape their future with their own hands, unlocking a world of possibilities. We hope to help build a stronger and more skilled workforce for generations to come and YB Fixings are excited to be a part of this with DTS.”