NEJ Stevenson will be sponsoring a new prize for Year 1 Furniture Crafts students as part of its on-going collaboration with Royal Leamington College. The prize will be awarded to the most promising student of the year in 2019 who has shown an exceptional approach to their work at college. This will be assessed based on their attention to detail and how they have pushed themselves to excel from a skills perspective.
The company has a closely established relationship with the college and managing director Neil Stevenson gave a talk to students on the 5thMarch 2019 entitled “How to Succeed in the Bespoke Furniture Business”. Students will also be visiting the NEJ Stevenson premises in early 2019 and will be learning from the highly-skilled NEJ Stevenson team who will be offering assistance and support for their Year 2 projects.
Jamie Ward, Curriculum Leader for Furniture Crafts at the Royal Leamington College, which is part of the Warwickshire College Group commented; “Our relationship with NEJ Stevenson has continued to grow and we are thrilled that the company has committed to sponsoring this prestigious prize for our students. We look forward to welcoming Neil Stevenson back to the college for his upcoming talk which is sure to inspire our students.”
Alumni from the college have progressed to forge exciting careers at NEJ Stevenson, such as Matthew Brown, who completed a Level 3 Diploma in Furniture Design and Making and was recently awarded a prestigious City & Guilds Medal for Excellence. Matthew was nominated for being an outstanding student on the Furniture Crafts course throughout his time at college, achieving distinctions for all his assignments. This dedicated approach rewarded him with a full-time cabinet making position, at NEJ Stevenson.
Neil Stevenson, Founder and Managing Director of NEJ Stevenson comments: “I’m delighted to further our collaboration with the Royal Leamington College which now provides some of the best facilities and opportunities in the region. We fully believe in the college’s ethos of ‘learning by doing’ so inviting students into our workshops is a great way to refine their skills and inspire them to pursue a career in furniture making. NEJ Stevenson is committed to promoting the education and career opportunities in our sector and in nurturing future craft talent.”