MakeIT! Furniture Awards

Alina Baumane and her teacherLed by industry champion Proskills these annual awards help to raise the awareness amongst all students, not just those already involved in design that a career in furniture making can be extremely rewarding.

The scheme which brings students of all ages, teachers and industry experts together was held this year at The National School of Furniture at Oxford & Cherwell Valley College in June and raises the standards by which students can aspire to.

The Awards are split into three age categories Years 9, 10 and 12 (ages 14, 15 and 17) with an additional award to the overall best entry. The winners of the 2011/2012 competition were:-

Year 9 - Rosie Rogers from Henry Box School in Oxfordshire
Year 10 - Gus Burton from John Hampden School in Buckinghamshire
Year 12 - Alina Baumane from Chatnam & Clarendon House Grammar School in Kent
Overall Winner - Alina Baumane from Chatnam & Clarendon House Grammar School in Kent

Alina Baumane was chosen as the overall winner because she over-delivered throughout, combining an innovative approach, great care and attention to detail and an excellent understanding of the brief of the programme.  Her winning entry is pictured here.

Alina's workAs part of her prize Alina won a VIP trip to our premises. On winning Alina said "I loved the project which was a very new experience for me. I want to get into architecture and this was a fantastic learning experience and I am very excited to be visiting N.E.J. Stevenson."

Alina and her teacher visited N.E.J. Stevenson in Warwickshire on the 18th July 2012 which they both found to be a stimulating visit. Commenting on the experience, Alina’s teacher Thomas Brewin said that the prize visit was a very enjoyable and eye opening experience.

"Speaking with Neil Stevenson about the design and manufacturing of bespoke furniture was inspirational and fascinating for both teacher and pupil. We were very excited about the tour of the manufacturing facility, which allowed us to see into the inner workings of the high-end furniture-manufacturing workshop. We talked with the team leaders who were very happy to pass on golden nuggets of technical information and advice, which I hope to take back to school and impart to the next cohort to compete in the 'MakeIT' design competition. Neil was very supportive of Alina’s work imparting words of wisdom and congratulations."

Since the launch of MakeIT! Furniture Proskills have now reached over 550 schools and 25,000 students.

Posted on 27th September 2012

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