Joel McLachlan

Joel is the recipient of a Rank Foundation grant enabling him to develop essential skills, qualifications and experience as a Construction Apprentice on the landmark restoration of Kew’s historic Temperate House.

Before joining the programme I had taken an A level in Resistant Materials and wanted to move into joinery. I looked at several schemes but the training offered was too general and required previous work experience. However, Kew’s Temperate House Restoration project offered me an extraordinary opportunity – enabling me to begin training without prior experience and to specialise within joinery. I was delighted to be offered a place

My training is giving me unparalleled insight into how a major heritage construction site operates, and I am deepening my joinery skills, working alongside top building conservation professionals. It is also allowing me to undertake an NVQ in joinery, which will put me in a great position to find employment following my Apprenticeship.

I would like to go on to work for myself, or for a company specialising in the restoration of listed buildings – of which there are a number in the South East. I also intend to continue my training by enrolling on a cabinet-making course to supplement my existing joinery skills.
The Construction Apprenticeship is a fantastic way to start my career, and I am extremely grateful to Kew and the Rank Foundation for this amazing opportunity.