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Blog posted on 29th November 2017 by Ashleigh Cleet
The workshop are an essential part of Playscheme and their knowledge and experience is priceless.
From a design team point of view, we get all of our knowledge of timber and manufacture from these guys and they are always happy to help. Having a close knit team and a good relationship between the office and workshop is one of the reasons our bespoke nature is so successful. We are one unit and work together to make sure that our customers get the quality play products that our reputation is based on.
There have been some changes in the workshop the last couple of years, with Rich Stirk, the Production and Workshop Manager leaving the team and Playscheme making the decision to invest in young local talent.
After Rich Stirk left Playscheme at the end of the Summer, Jason Day, also known as ‘Jimmy’, took over the responsibilities of Workshop Manager and is doing a fantastic job! Jason started working at Playscheme when he was just 16 years old as Rich’s apprentice. He loves to solve problems and employ solutions to help build bespoke products that children will enjoy for years to come.
Jason’s ideas and the products he creates always surpass the design team’s and the customers’ expectations. The design team feel very lucky to have such a skilled carpenter to build our creations. Aside from his brilliant skillset, Jason has a great sense of humour which is a ‘must have’ working at Playscheme.
Jonny Comito joined Playscheme In March 2016 as a Workshop Operative and has now taken control of our new CNC machine, becoming our go to expert for anything we need cutting out or engraving. Jonny loves the creative freedom his role allows and enjoys working with the team to create exciting and unique products.
In September 2016 Playshceme took on a hard-working apprentice to join the team in the workshop. Matt Price is undertaking a Level 2 Joinery Apprenticeship at Selby College which will last two years. He has been learning at college one day a week, and with us four days a week to gain valuable insight and develop his knowledge and skills in a more hands-on approach. Matt is coming on in leaps and bounds and has really enjoyed seeing things from a new perspective.
Playscheme’s workshop is as lively as ever and like many businesses, the run up to Christmas is a busy time, with the workshop working hard to get projects built in time for Christmas.
We have some exciting projects ahead, including the manufacturing of a sunken Viking ship and mast for north Norfolk county council, which we recently won a tender for. The workshop are also currently working on an Outdoor Resource Centre for St. Bede’s Primary Catholic Voluntary Academy. The shelter will provide the school with a perfect multi-functional outdoor space and allow class and play time to flow outdoors.
If you’re interested in finding out more about our bespoke play equipment, then get in touch today for a free appointment and quote.