Apprenticeship in the Manufacturing of Furniture
The furniture, furnishings and interiors industry is of significant importance to the UK economy, particularly in the supply of end products for residential and commercial living and work spaces. The industry has an annual turnover well in excess of £12 billion. The ability to work to agreed targets in terms of output and quality standards is essential. Workplaces can range from small workshops to large factories. Furniture manufacturers must be dexterous, have a good work ethic and be able to demonstrate their ability to work individually and as part of a team.
- A relevant Level 1 or 2 vocational qualification (e.g., Level 1 Diploma in Carpentry and Joinery, Level 2 Diploma in Furniture Design, etc.)
- You would also normally be expected to have achieved GCSE (grade C/4) or Functional skills (Level 2) in maths and English.
- A suitable employer in place willing to support your studies as an apprentice.
Those applicants without formal qualifications but who can evidence substantial and relevant sector work experience will also be considered.
Core behaviours, knowledge and skills
- Understand tools and machinery used within the industry
- Make components to specification within acceptable tolerances and understand how and where these are used
- Knowledge and understanding of the relevant health, safety and environmental requirements and regulations
- Knowledge and understanding of the raw materials used in industry, their properties and characteristics
- Identifying issues quickly and solving problems you may come across
- Working to a high standard and meeting targets
- You will need to pay attention to detail and must monitor and check the work specifications and processes.
How will I be trained?
Apprenticeships are designed with the help of the employers in the industry, so they offer a structured programme that takes you through the skills you need to do a job well. There are targets and checks to make sure that your employer is supporting you and you are making progress.
The majority of your training will take place whilst with your employer, a typical apprenticeship in comparable sectors would see a learner working 30hrs per week on site and attending college for 1 day (potentially more, depending on GCSE results).
How will I be assessed?
Assessment will take place through practical training (at college and work) and theory (through a portfolio of evidence). The successful completion of an End Point Assessment (EPA) is required to fully achieve the associated qualification.
What qualifications will I gain?
Depending on qualification enrolment, you will achieve either the Level 2 Apprenticeship in Furniture Manufacturing, or the Level 3 Apprenticeship in Furniture Manufacturing.; you will also have access to Functional Skills (English and maths) if required.
Minimum age: 17
Duration: 24 - 36 months, depending on level of study
Typical employment: Working for a sole trader or a small-to-medium-sized business
The majority of learners would remain in employment post-apprenticeship. Further educational/training pathways could include: Foundation Degree in Arts (Furniture), fine woodwork specialisms, furniture restoration and more.
Telephone: 0800 032 1986