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Richard Dunkley

Richard Dunkley first got involved with our work when he was just 15 years old. Today, he’s helping pass skills and knowledge on to the next generation.

Stanley ferry workshop
"I hope our newer apprentices can carry the passion and quality of our work on for many years to come." Richard Dunkley

I did some work experience at Stanley Ferry workshops when I was just 15. Then four years later, the opportunity of an apprenticeship came up so I applied, got an interview and was offered the job.

Job title: Craft operative

Length of service: 10 years

Apprenticeship details: Carpentry and Joinery level 1,2,3 diploma

Training provider: Wakefield College

My overall experience as an apprentice was really good and fulfilling. I was fully supported in every way and I didn’t just stand around and watch, I was involved in every part of lock gate manufacture. If there was anything I couldn’t do, it was arranged for me to attend a course and learn more about it. My Dad (Roy, pictured here) works at Stanley Ferry as well and he taught me many of the skills I have today.

Now we’re ten years on and I really love passing on my skills and knowledge to new apprentices. I can relate to them as I have been there myself. It’s really satisfying to watch apprentices grow and become able to work independently.

I hope our newer apprentices can carry the passion and quality of our work on for many years to come.

Last date edited: 3 March 2017