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New Furniture Apprenticeship and Qualifications

New Apprenticeship Standards

A group of Furniture employers representing the industry have developed a new Furniture Manufacturer Apprenticeship Standard.  The programme is designed to give a wide range of skills appropriate to the different occupations in the industry. This apprenticeship covers the following occupational areas:

  • General Furniture Manufacturer
  • Bed Manufacturer
  • Modern Upholsterer
  • Furniture Finisher
  • Fitted Furniture Installer
  • Furniture Restorer
  • Modern Furniture Service Repairer
  • Foam Convertor and Upholstery Cushion Interior Manufacturer
  • Wood Machinist
  • Furniture CNC Specialist

Now first-of-a-kind apprenticeship programmes, based on these standards, give employers the confidence that their apprentice will develop the skills they need to make meaningful contribution to their company.

With apprenticeships you can enhance your workforce and introduce a fresh perspective to your business.  An apprenticeship is first and foremost a job and comes with substantial training and the development of transferable skills, which is beneficial to the employer and the employee.  To find out more about the benefits of employing an apprentice please see: http://www.getingofar.gov.uk/employers

Please see the link to the standard and assessment plan for more details: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/apprenticeship-standards#furniture-standards

The employer group has also developed assessment modules to support the delivery of the apprenticeship. The assessment modules cover what apprentices need to do to meet the requirements of the apprenticeship. These are available to download below:

Assessment Modules

New NVQ Qualifications

Alongside the development of the new apprenticeships the industry has been working with Occupational Awards (www.oawards.co.uk) to develop new NVQ Qualifications for the industry.  These qualifications have been developed by employers to meet skills and knowledge required within the industry.  For employees who don’t require substantial training there are a number of furniture industry qualifications available.  These have been developed in conjunction with employers to ensure they meet the skills required in the industry. 

Training Providers

There are a number of training providers accredited to deliver the furniture qualifications and apprenticeships.  These providers meet rigorous quality assurance standards and have experience in working with the industry. Please see: http://www.oawards.co.uk/our-approved-centres/

Funding (England)

Training Providers will be able to provide information on the funding available for apprenticeships and qualifications.  If you are interested in holding a direct contract with Government to draw down funding please see the detailed information on the Skills Funding Agency’s funding rules please see: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/sfa-funding-rules

Understanding the Furniture, Furnishings & Interiors Industry 

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 places.

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Fitted Furniture Installation

A Fitted Furniture Installer is responsible for preparing and installing furniture including Kitchens, Bedrooms, Bathrooms and Offices, Shops, Exhibitions and Boat Interiors. 

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Bed Making

Bed Manufacturers work in factory environments where the ability to work to agreed targets in terms of output and quality standards is essential. 

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Finishing Furniture

A Furniture Finisher will prepare and treat a wide range of timbers and man-made boards, using a range of techniques. 

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Foam Conversion and Upholstery Cushion Interior Manufacture

A Foam Convertor and Cushion Manufacturer produces cushioning products using a wide range of conversion equipment. This includes, setting up, operating and maintaining processing and cutting equipment. 

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Furniture CNC Technician

A Furniture CNC Specialist produces components for furniture using CNC machines. This includes setting up, operating and maintaining CNC machines and saws to cut, plane, shape and sand all types of wood and man-made wood components. 

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Furniture Making 

Furniture Makers are skilled craftsmen/women who make pieces of furniture. They may work in a small, independent shop that produces custom furniture or in a factory that mass-produces pieces of furniture.

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Furniture Restoration 

Furniture restorers are involved in the conservation and restoration of antique and modern furniture by using practical and scientific restoration techniques. 

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Modern Furniture Service Repair

Modern Furniture Service Repairers' fix a wide range of problems, including damage to furniture, upholstery, beds, mattresses, mechanisms and fittings. 

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Modern Upholstery 

A Modern Upholsterer is a skilled and methodical individual capable of creating ergonomic and comfortable furniture using both traditional and modern techniques. 

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Woodmachining 

A Furniture Wood Machinist produces components for furniture using a wide range of wood working machinery. This includes setting up, operating and maintaining wood working machines such as saws, planers, moulders, lathes, routers and CNC/NC machines. 

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Check out the video below, where two of our members Knightsbridge and Roman discuss their views on apprenticeships and how they incorporate them into their business.

The Big Topic - Apprenticeships from Design Insider on Vimeo.