Nurturing Creative Talent: Work Experience at Artichoke in Somerset

Empowering the Next Generation

image of two boys working in artichoke workshop for work experience 2023

At Artichoke, our commitment extends beyond building Britain’s future heritage. We believe in nurturing creative talent and inspiring young minds to explore their creative and practical potential. With the Artichoke School of Furniture, a free initiative located in Cheddar and designed for local school-aged children, we aim to break through the barriers imposed by a narrowing and academically focused curriculum, offering a gateway to untapped creative brilliance.

Work experience is a gateway to endless possibilities, providing invaluable opportunities for students to gain hands-on exposure of different industries and discover their passions and potential career paths. Recently, we welcomed two Year 10 students, from Churchill Academy, into Artichoke’s workshop for a week-long work experience journey. As passionate woodworking enthusiasts, they really enjoyed crafting a wooden tray under the guidance of our skilled cabinet makers.

Designing and Creating: A Hands-On Adventure

Image of two boys in artichoke workshop making tray

With their shared love for Design and Technology (DT) woodwork, the students immersed themselves in the workshop. Tasked with designing and fabricating a wooden tray, they eagerly embraced the opportunity to apply their creativity and woodworking skills to a practical project. The guidance and mentorship they received from the cabinet makers proved invaluable as they navigated the intricacies of the craft.

A Glimpse into the World of Joinery

Beyond the joy of creating something tangible, the work experience at Artichoke’s workshop exposed the students to the world of professional joinery. Spending time alongside skilled artisans allowed them to witness the artistry and precision that goes into crafting bespoke wooden pieces. From learning how to use various tools, to understanding the intricacies of the woodwork and joint construction, they gained first-hand insights into the craftsmanship that sets Artichoke apart.


Image of tray handmade during work experience at artichoke in somerset

A Positive and Inspiring Atmosphere

The boys were quick to note the welcoming and supportive environment at Artichoke. The cabinet makers they worked with fostered a nurturing atmosphere, patiently guiding them through each step of the process. The passion and expertise of these craftsmen were infectious, making the students ‘definitely consider a career in woodworking’.

Exploring Future Paths

Both students reported that their work experience at Artichoke has opened their eyes to the potential of pursuing woodworking as a profession. Inspired by the dedication and skill they witnessed, and the satisfaction the cabinet makers derived from playing their part in making something so precious, the students now view woodworking as a viable and fulfilling career option.

image of Year 10 student in artichoke workshop during work experience 2023


Reflecting on their experience, they would recommend similar opportunities to fellow students. The chance to engage with professionals, learn new skills, and gain exposure to a specific industry is invaluable for personal and career development. The boys’ positive encounter at Artichoke deepened their appreciation for woodworking and sparked a reflection on their future aspirations.

2Year 10 student using hammer and chisel during artichoke work experience in Cheddar Somerset

As we nurture the potential of young individuals through immersive work experiences, we empower them to explore their passions and discover new possibilities that they may not have been aware of. Transitioning into the world of work is always tricky and we feel that young people benefit from as much exposure to craft industries as is possible. They need to believe that following such a path is a viable option. By inviting students in and allowing them to see for themselves that you can make a good living and enjoy a successful career in industries like ours can be life changing.

If you are a student with a passion for woodworking or any craft, consider seeking out similar work experiences to unlock your potential. The possibilities are limitless, and you never know what journey might await you!

Remember, it all starts with a simple step – one wooden tray, one apprenticeship, or one workshop at a time.

Artichoke encourages and supports work experience programs to inspire the next generation of skilled craftsmen and craftswomen.


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