East Durham College joinery lecturer Dominic Hunt, former student Gareth Frater and East Durham College joinery lecturer Joe Atherton

Former College Joinery Student Visits To Inspire The Next Generation

A former East Durham College joinery student has returned to the Peterlee campus to give an insight into his career since leaving the college.

Gareth Frater, 34, from Seaham, joined the college straight from school, studying on a joinery course between 1998 and 2001.

During his time at the college Gareth got the opportunity to take up an apprenticeship with Easington Action Team, this led to a full time job where he spent the next 10 years.

But when Gareth was unfortunately made redundant in 2011, he decided to go self-employed, setting up his own business GF Joinery.

And since setting up his business, GF Joinery has gone from strength to strength.

Gareth has been receiving great praise from customers all across the east Durham area, and always has a full work diary, with projects constantly booked up months in advance.

And this high workload may see Gareth, working alongside the college to take on an apprentice of his own in the near future.

Gareth was pleased to have an opportunity to come back to the college to talk with, and hopefully inspire the latest crop of students and praised the lecturers for the hard work they do delivering a great level of teaching on the joinery courses at East Durham College.

Gareth said: “It’s great to have this opportunity to come back to East Durham College and pass on my knowledge and experiences of the trade to a new generation of Joinery students.

“I really enjoyed my time here and the college has a fantastic team here who deliver great training to students, giving them the best start to their careers in the trade.

“When I left the college back in 2001 I took up a great job and when I was made redundant in 2011, I could have sat around waiting for something else to come up but I decided to go it alone and I have worked really hard to get my business to where it is today, I am really proud of what I have achieved and have never looked back.

”I wish the students best of luck for their careers in the industry.”

For more information on courses in Carpentry and Joinery at East Durham College contact our student services team on 0191 518 8222.