Didac’s first home-grown Woodworking Machinery Trainer 

Understanding an apprenticeship in Furniture & Wood Manufacturing Jack shares his ambition to become Didac’s first Woodworking Machinery Trainer Jack is a furniture and wood trainer at the Woodwise Academy in Bristol, where he is completing a Level 3 apprenticeship in Wood Machining. Please tell us about your apprenticeship and why you have chosen this […]

Wood Dust Exposure Monitoring

Management of wood dust affects all wood industry businesses. Health and safety management systems, procedures and control measures required will need to develop to aid compliance with the lowering of workplace exposure limits from 2020. At present the UK has the following workplace exposure limits (WEL) for wood dust: Softwood – 5mg m³ 8hr TWA […]

Wood Dust – Changes on the way

The EU is about to introduce new lower limits for the amount of hardwood dust workers can be exposed to and HSE wants to know how this change will affect your business. By completing the following survey (which will only take about 10-15 minutes) you will be contributing to how HSE understands the forthcoming change […]

Recycle of Grinder

Today was a busy day in the workshop (even though a lovely Sunday).  We always try to do our bit and have been busy refurbing a second hand Automatic Straight Knife Grinder. People always seem to throw out good working items or change them.  Not us, much to the worry of staff, we buy and […]

New Apprenticeships – Furniture & Wood

Apprenticeship Standards (England) for Furniture and Wood Industry. Under the Apprenticeship Reforms, new Apprenticeship Standards will replace the old Apprenticeship Frameworks in England. The Furniture Manufacture Standard is now available at Level 2, which Didac is offering to all Employers and Apprentices. New Standards – what’s the difference? Each occupation will now have its own […]

Staff and Learners visit Vastern Timber

Visit to Vastern Timber On the 30th March 2017, Didac staff and learners visited Vastern Timber, in Wootton Bassett, Wiltshire.  The tour, allowed all to see their locally sourced tree, through to conversion, kiln drying and final machining processes. Vastern Timber is one of the largest British hardwood sawmills in the country, specialising in cutting […]

W16 Competition

 Liam Martin wins W challenge Bristol-based woodworking apprentice, Liam Martin, 19, has been crowned the winner of W16’s very first woodworking and joinery competition, the W Challenge. Run by training provider, Didac, the talented finalist was given four-days to follow a strict brief that would see him and three further students put their skills to […]

Didac become one of four providers to join BWF Centre of Excellence

BWF Launches Centre of Excellence Network to Revolutionise Apprenticeship Training 14 July 2016 To ensure the survival of quality apprenticeship training for the joinery industry, the BWF has launched a new Centre of Excellence (CoE) network of colleges and training providers.  The network was launched at BWF’s Members’ Day on 7th July – the biggest […]