Construction students downed tools to visit a state-of-the-art timber mill owned by timber firm Covers recently.
The group toured the West Sussex facility and examined processes and machinery before asking questions.
They were also given a demonstration of the plant’s new planning and moulding machines, which were only switched on last September.
Senior Technician at Brock, Liam Bickerton, said: “The students are all working towards an extended certificate in construction studies, learning the basics of carpentry and other assorted building trades.
“They thoroughly enjoyed their visit to Covers, and it was fascinating for them to witness the workings of a real-life timber mill.
“They were shown the entire process, discovering how the raw materials are cut and treated and finally sent out to customers.”
Timber Director at Covers, Neil Woods, said: “We were delighted to welcome the students to Covers.
“We hope they will have been inspired by their visit, and may even consider working with us in the future and taking part in our successful apprenticeship scheme.”