Design and crafts

Career paths: how these apprentices from the 1990s reached the top | Education

Government figures indicate that almost a quarter of a million people started a modern apprenticeship scheme in the five years following their introduction in 1994. The people below are just six of those hundreds of thousands who became apprentices in sectors from business to stonemasonry between 1994 and 1999. Although not all of our six interviewees enjoyed or valued every aspect of their apprenticeship, every one considers now that the scheme they joined was a worthwhile way to start their…

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How crafts are fusing tradition with innovation | Education

Jayne Childs wants to change the way we think about lace. “I’m challenging the perception of lace as just something we use for curtains,” she says. “Lace doesn’t have to be fusty and dusty. It can be something we wear in the 21st century – something that’s embedded in a tradition, but also looking forward. Even if people don’t really necessarily understand what that tradition it is, they like to tap into that story.” The craft economy generates almost £3.4bn…

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John Penfold obituary | Education

My father, John Penfold, who has died aged 89, spent three decades training teachers in the disciplines of craft, design and technology, having first taught the subject in secondary schools. He was born in Edgware, north London, to Edwin, an accountant, and his wife, Alice (nee Rogers). After Orange Hill grammar school in Burnt Oak, he went straight to Shoreditch teacher training college, in the east of the capital, where he qualified as a design and woodwork teacher. Following two…

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