Training

The AWGB offers training programmes in three specific areas.

  • Member Training
  • Demonstrator Training
  • Youth Training

Member Training Programme

Programme Aims

  • To develop and offer a varied training programme that will be accessible to the membership.

Programme Objectives

  • To arrange training days by professional woodturners at venues throughout the regions
  • To develop a varied programme to include specialist subjects from foundation to advanced.

Programme Format

We arrange workshops throughout the UK with professional woodturners specialising in a particular area. They are held at the professional’s premises, or other suitable venue, which could be a branch or club.

We usually have between 4 and 6 places available on each event.

Workshops are spread as evenly as possible across the regions. However demand and venue availability may influence the programme.

Every member may apply for training, and every effort is made to accommodate your requirements within the funding budget available.

How can I find out what’s on?

The events are advertised on the AWGB website and in Revolutions.

How do I apply?

Members are invited to apply for a place on an event using the Member Training Workshop Application form.

Can I request a workshop for a particular topic?

Yes, we welcome requests so we can put together a programme our members want. You may make an application to learn a particular technique (and that could be with a nominated professional turner).

The application will form the basis of a ‘Member Training Workshop’ that will be advertised to enable other members to apply for places.

Do I have to pay?

No, workshops are offered on a ‘no charge’ basis, but we do encourage you to make a (small!) voluntary donation, after you have attended the workshop. This goes into our development fund and helps us to increase the benefit to other members.

Demonstrator Training Programme

Programme Aims

  • To make available a consistent training programme that is accessible to the membership.
  • To encourage competent turners to present effective demonstrations at their clubs, and local shows, with the aim of promoting the craft of woodturning.

Programme Objective

  • To develop and improve the communication and presentation skills of the participating candidates.

Programme Format

These events are usually run at a branch or club for up to four people. We ask you to prepare a suitable 5 minute talk and a 20 minute demonstration to deliver on the day and provide some guidance prior to the event for you to study.

During the event we discuss key aspects of presentation and then it is your turn to demonstrate to the instructor and other participants.

This is followed by a feedback session – what went well and what could you do differently next time.

As these are demand led we keep a waiting list of applicants until we have enough people to run a course in a suitable location.

Every member may apply for training.

How can I find out what’s on?

These are not advertised as they are organised on demand.

How do I apply?

Members are invited to apply for a place on an event using the Demonstration Training Application form.

Do I have to pay?

No, workshops are offered on a ‘no charge’ basis, but we do encourage you to make a (small!) voluntary donation, after you have attended the workshop. This goes into our development fund and helps us to increase the benefit to other members.

Youth Training Programme

Programme Aims

  • To give young people who are under 19 on January 1st of the membership year the opportunity to experience training in woodturning.
  • To arrange training events at venues throughout the country.

Programme Objectives

  • To deliver a programme to include:
    • health and safety
    • basic techniques
    • continued development.

Programme Format

Training workshops are held at either a professional turner’s workshop, or at a venue arranged by a club. The number of students at each event varies, but there is a maximum of two students to each trainer giving tuition.

Youngsters attending a Youth Training event will receive free junior membership to the AWGB up to and including the age of eighteen.

How can I find out what’s on?

These are not advertised as they are organised on demand.

How do I apply?

You are invited to apply for a place on an event using the Youth Training Application form.

Do I have to pay?

Yes, but it is only a small charge – £5 for a one day event, £10 for a two day event.

The AWGB Development Fund and the Worshipful Company of Turners (WCT) sponsor the Youth Training Programme and cover all other costs.

We do encourage you to make a (small!) voluntary donation, after you have attended the workshop. This goes into our development fund and helps us to increase the benefit to other members.

Click HERE for a general enquiry form