Joinery is in Chloe's genes

Joinery isn’t just for males as Chloe Coupar proved when she picked up the Howdens sponsored Best 1st Year Joinery Apprentice 2019 award at Dundee and Angus College’s prize-giving ceremony.

It’s no surprise that the 20-year-old from Montrose is keen to learn the trade as her family’s joinery business, Buchan & Coull, has been established since 1945.

“I started at college because I was doing work experience with my dad and decided I wanted to become a joiner,” says Chloe. 

She is undertaking an apprenticeship in Carpentry and Joinery with Buchan & Coull while attending the college’s Arbroath campus.

“I’ve enjoyed gaining all sorts of new skills and I’m grateful to be working alongside my dad learning the trade. It really doesn’t bother me at all being a female in what is a male-dominant profession. At the end of the day you can do anything if you put your mind to it. Practice is always key because you can’t expect to pick up a saw or hammer and be perfect first time.”