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West Suffolk College apprentice Fred Nyberg, from Ipswich, receives award from the Worshipful Company of Joiners and Ceilers





A former boat builder who became a carpenter is sailing away with a national award.

Fred Nyberg, 22, from Ipswich, has received a prestigious prize from the Worshipful Company of Joiners and Ceilers.

Every year, a number of City of London Livery Companies present prizes to individuals who have excelled in a particular field.

This year, the Joiners and Ceilers chose Fred, an apprentice at West Suffolk College, based in Bury St Edmunds, who works for TMJ Interiors.

Fred Nyberg at the Worshipful Company of Joiners and Ceilers. Picture: Supplied by Brian Tunbridge
Fred Nyberg at the Worshipful Company of Joiners and Ceilers. Picture: Supplied by Brian Tunbridge

Fred received his prize at a ceremony held at Mansion House in London last week.

The Lord Mayor Michael Mainelli and a representative from the Worshipful Company of Joiners and Ceilers presented the award, called The Worshipful Joiners and Ceilers Prize.

Fred, who has been with TMJ Interiors for two-and-a-half years, said: "I finished my GCSEs and A-levels and then went straight into work.

Fred feeling chipper on finding out he won a national accolade. Picture: TMJ Interiors
Fred feeling chipper on finding out he won a national accolade. Picture: TMJ Interiors

“After a stint of boat building, I saw an opportunity for an apprenticeship with TMJ Interiors and jumped at the opportunity.

“Apprenticeships, in my opinion, allow you to grow, learn from your achievements and mistakes, and earn money.

“My relationship with the college and TMJ Interiors has greatly helped me expand my skill set, provided new opportunities, and supported me throughout my journey.”

Fred also said that ‘success in skills competitions, both at college and at TMJ Interiors, had boosted his confidence and demonstrated that hard work does pay off. Long term, he hopes to expand his skill set and progress in the future.

To support Fred in receiving this accolade, Brian Tunbridge, a carpentry lecturer at the college, submitted an application to the Worshipful Company of Joiners and Ceilers.

Brian said: "Throughout the course, Fred has consistently demonstrated a deep understanding of joinery principles and a meticulous approach to work.

Fred Nyberg from TMJ Interiors in the workplace ahead of receiving his award from the Worshipful Company of Joiners and Ceilers. Picture: TMJ Interiors
Fred Nyberg from TMJ Interiors in the workplace ahead of receiving his award from the Worshipful Company of Joiners and Ceilers. Picture: TMJ Interiors

“Fred has participated in a number of skill competitions, proving his ability at both the regional and international stages. Fred's readiness to compete reflects his ambition and commitment to excellence.

“Equally significant is Fred's participation in the Suffolk Show, where skills are showcased to a broader audience.

“This platform not only promotes the art of bench joinery, but also engages with the public, fostering a greater appreciation for the craftsmanship involved.

“This prize will not only recognise Fred's previous achievements, but will also serve as a catalyst for his promising future in the field of bench joinery, of which we are all very proud of.”

David Clarke, a production manager at TMJ Interiors, said: "Throughout his apprenticeship, Fred has showed commitment and enthusiasm and is constantly eager to participate in competitions and events to showcase their talents.

“We are equally committed to guiding and supporting Fred in mastering his skills. Our ‘Grow Our Own’ ethos is truly the foundation of our success, and we believe Fred has a bright future at TMJ Interiors.”