The British Woodworking Group

Welcome to Wow I Made That! The home of information for apprenticeships, careers and training opportunities for those looking to enter the woodworking manufacturing industry.

You’ll find some useful information about types of job roles available, how you can move up the ladder and some guidance on how you get into those roles. There’s also lots of videos of apprentices already in the industry talking about why they love the industry and the exciting projects they get to work on.

If you think woodworking is for you, you can use our apprenticeship vacancy service or training provider search to find opportunities near you.

What Are My Career Options

If you’re setting out in the woodworking industry you will want to know how you can climb your way up the ladder of your career.


About Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships are the main way of getting into the woodworking industry. They allow you to learn the industry skills and to earn while you learn.


Find An Apprenticeship

Search a list of companies that are looking to take on apprentices in joinery firms across the UK.


Find An Employer

We encourage potential entrants to contact woodworking companies to seek out vacancies that they may have.


Apprentice Of The Year

Ben James

20, Joiner, Tompkins Ltd

I had gained a wealth of knowledge and found my vocation. Joinery skills are in high demand. I changed jobs to join Oakwrights in a more office based role as an estimator. I’d recommend a career in joinery and the construction industry as a whole: apprenticeships really do benefit all parties


My Story

Alice Kreuzburg, 22, Business Administration, Tompkins

We got very little advice about apprenticeships at school. We were made to think they were just for plumbers! I’d no idea you could do an apprenticeship in Business Administration.

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Adam Smyth, 21, Joinery, Westgate Joinery, Specialist Joinery (South) Ltd

If you like hand-skills then get into joinery. You transform timber into windows, doors, staircases, cabinets – it’s a very versatile job. I now go out on site to fit things I make, and see the houses they go into.

Read my story