Two Fixers from Rhayader in Mid Wales are hosting blacksmithing workshops to encourage young people to consider career opportunities in local trades.
Nick Buchan (23) and Tom Robinson (22) held their first session on Monday 3rd March to introduce students to some of the techniques and tools used in their craft.
Participants were asked to work in pairs, receiving instructions from the two blacksmiths, who hope their Fixers campaign will allow young people to see the vocation in a different light.
‘In Mid Wales we have leading engineers at our trades and I don’t think there is an appreciation for that,’ explains Nick.
‘I’d like people to be aware that the ability to think and use your hands does exist, and it’s really important. It shouldn’t be dismissed as manual labour.
‘It’s a completely different experience and so far removed from anything these young people have done in the past.
‘Overall I think this has been really positive.’
The sessions will be running until Thursday 31st March, although the Fixers are keen to continue passing their knowledge on to willing students.
‘I really see these workshops as an opportunity. You learn a lot yourself doing this,’ says Nick.
‘Teaching is potentially a route that we’d like to take our craft down in general.’
Local MP for Brecon and Radnorshire Roger Williams attended the workshop to try his hand at blacksmithing, saying:
‘I didn’t know what to expect when I came here but it’s been a great experience.
‘I take my hat off to Nick and Tom because they have been wonderful instructors and generous with their time.
‘I’m sure these young lads will look back on this experience and think that it’s been worthwhile. It’s been a brilliant experience for everyone.’