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Wood work students from SOS Technical Training Institute visited the PG Bison factory and showroom for an educational tour headed by Tirus Kangere (right) their teacher. Nelson Tarus (third right) a technician demonstrates making a cabinet from a ready to assemble flat pack at the PG Bison Workshop.

During an educational tour of the PG Bison Workshop and Showroom, woodwork students from SOS Technical Training Institute were given insights into how they could grow into an independent cabinet maker, and evolve into an SME in the furniture trade.

As he guided the students through the facility, Hitesh Mehta, the Product Specification Sales and Marketing Manager at PG Bison, explained, “With the right skills and training, there are endless opportunities in the furniture business.”

“All the apartments under construction in most part of the city require fitted kitchen cabinets and wardrobes. The artisans benefiting most from this construction boom are those with the skills to work with MDF and particleboard as this is very different from using solid wood.”

“Once you have completed your Diploma in woodwork and carpentry, you can take advantage of the free training programme that PG Bison offers to carpenters to enable them to work with boards, panels, hinges and lift and runner systems. We also show them the correct tools and jigs to use to assemble the wood panel parts into furniture which is appealing to the customer.”

Tirus Kangere, the SOS Technical Training Institute woodwork teacher termed the tour of PG Bison’s panel processing centre as an eye opener for his students. “The precision processing and the computerized machinery are both amazing. And the workmanship in the showroom displays has shown my students what they are capable of producing with the right skills.”

PG Bison is one of the largest manufacturers of MDF and particleboard furniture components in Kenya. In recent years the Company has trained more than 600 artisans to design, fabricate and install kitchen cabinets, wardrobes, shop fit-outs and office furniture, and use proper tools for the assembly and installation work. The company produces furniture parts for the artisans in accordance to their specific sizes and requirements.