About Us

The Oak Frame Training Forum (OFTF) is a training group which has been formed by The Carpenters’ Fellowship (CF). Its aim is to provide training for those employed within the timber framing industry, with the help of government funding via the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB)

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 OFTF objectives:
  • To provide skills training in oak framing and its associated trades and activities.
  • To provide routes to qualification for those employed within the industry.
  • To provide assistance and support to our members in regard to their training and H&S requirements.
  • To organise building projects that will benefit communities and charitable causes.
  • To organise events with lectures, workshops and seminars and to bring together those involved, directly or indirectly, with timber framing
  • To showcase this form of construction and bring to the attention of the wider construction industry, and the public, the skills and professionalism found within this sector.

OFTF HQ is based just outside Bristol – we are lucky to work in the middle of the countryside where our only neighbours are sheep and cows.  This is where we hold the majority of the training as we have a large yard to store and mill the timber.  We are also fortunate to have access to buildings of historical importance in Bristol.  Our apprentices have the opportunity to work at 16 King Street, a timber-framed building which dates back to the 1660’s.

Our Team

Rupert Newman – Chair
Tim Walton – Treasurer
Tim Potts – Company Secretary and Standards and Quality Control
Nigel Howe – Training Co-ordinator
Jeff Storer – Course Administrator
Senior Assessors & Internal Verifiers: James Stubbs & Alan Creasey
Assessors –  James Godden, Paul Tuson
Training Team – Pete Eyles, Henry Russell, Tom Murell, Richard Stevenson, Luke Pitchard
We use a number of specialist training teams and industry experts where appropriate to the modules.

If you would like to join us at the OFTF please send the following details to admin@oftf.org.uk





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