2012 MakeIT! Wood Winners

Wednesday 27 June 2012


The MakeIT! Wood awards for 2012 were held at The National School of Furniture at Oxford & Cherwell Valley College as part of the Summer Show on the 21 June, bringing together industry experts, teachers and students to recognise Britain's emerging design talent in the wood and timber industries.

Led by Proskills, the MakeIT! Wood programme is designed to engage and show students, teachers and parents that the wood and timber industries are exciting, dynamic and provides a good career choice and encourages students to develop their design skills.

Cavan Painter from Arden Academy in the West Midlands was awarded overall winner of the 2011 / 12 MakeIT! Wood competition.

The entries for this year's MakeIT! Wood competition were exceptional with great detail, design and inspiration. However the judges selected Cavan as the overall winner due to the attention to detail, technical elements and an excellent understanding of the brief of the programme.

Delighted on winning Cavan said "I am thrilled to have won as I enjoyed doing a fantastic project and I really want to learn more about design and making things from wood."

The awards ceremony at Oxford and Cherwell Summer Show was a great success and students were inspired by the first hand experience they had of the workshops and students work.

Alex Mitchell one of the finalists Henry Box School in Witney said "Today has been great and I really enjoyed it, taking the tours from the students and seeing all of the different art work. It has given me an inspiration and ideas for future school projects.

The project allowed me to be innovative and use my imagination as well as broadening my knowledge of the furniture making industries and I will find out some more information on manufacturing courses."

The MakeIT! Wood award and prizes were presented and donated by David Hopkins from Wood for Good and the programme's sponsors included Wood for Good, the National School of Furniture and the National Skills Academy for Materials Production and Supply illustrating the wider commercial importance of the MakeIT! Wood programme.

David Hopkins added "The Make It Programmes are a valuable way of boosting skills and demand in design and manufacture for the UK. Wood for Good is proud to help support this. It was great to see such enthusiasm and talent from all those taking part and such incredible innovation in design on display. I feel confident we'll find the next Terence Conran in the making."

Since the launch of MakeIT! Wood and 3 other Schools into Industry Programmes in 2010 they have now reached over 550 schools and 25,000 students.

For further information on the Schools into Industy programmes, and how you can get involved, see details below.


Contact: Proskills

Tel: 01235 432 018