Ollie Wise is a former Furniture Making Advanced Apprentice who won a prestigious Medal For Excellence Award in 2020 – the only one of its kind in the world that year – after he designed and built an impressive cabinet unit for his final exam piece.
The Medal For Excellence Awards recognise the achievements of learners who produce great results through exceptional work, showing a true journey of progression through their qualification. It is judged on the strength of each students’ final design piece – in Oliver’s case it was an intricate cabinet that Patrick Broome, Construction Curriculum Team Leader, struggled to explain adequately to the judges, such was the level of skill involved.
Oliver started his journey at Petroc as a Level 1 Furniture Making Apprentice and progressed to Level 3, developing his skills both at college and in his place of work, The Pine Centre in Bideford.
Ollie said: “I started at college knowing a small amount and did not think I was really that good at it. As I progressed, I learnt new skills and bit about the trade. It increased my confidence and I realised I was quite good at it!”
Patrick said: “Oliver has a genuine passion for the subject. By his own admission, he lives and breathes furniture design and producing high-end quality products. He is a true representative of what we strive for in all our students at college.”
Level 3 Furniture Making Apprenticeship
As I progressed, I learnt new skills and bit about the trade. It increased my confidence and I realised I was quite good at it!”