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Graduate Case Studies


The student case studies show what a representative sample of people have gone on to do after longer courses and how they have used their skills after the course. Graduates of the 40-week Boat Building and 12-week Furniture Making courses have gone on to work in all aspects of boat building and woodworking industries.

Some have gone to work for industry leaders and prestigous yards in the UK and beyond, whilst others have chosen to set up businesses of their own. Others have utilised the transferrable skills of the course to embark on careers in woodworking and furniture making.

Graduates are working at, to name a few, Spirit Yachts, Elephant Boatyard, Cockwells, Sunseeker and T. Nielsen and Co. and Douglas Marine.

Furniture Making
Alex C

Alex Cunningham gave up the city and his job as an Architectural Engineering Consultant to develop his woodworking from a hobby to

Furniture Making
Tom Z

Before joining the Academy Tom worked in a variety of roles in the TV and film industry, although he had always been

Furniture Making
Peter B

Peter joined the Academy following a career in IT working for House of Fraser, British Car Auctions and most recently as a

Furniture Making
Caspar H

West Dorset local Caspar grew up near the Academy.  He worked on a dairy farm in Dorset’s Bride Valley before joining the

Furniture Making
Marc D

Before coming to the Academy Marc completed a degree in Building Surveying.  He worked for 8 years as a Building Surveyor and

Furniture Making
Tim C

After 27 years in sales, Tim relocated from Buckinghamshire to West Dorset and decided it was time to do something new, although