Furniture, furnishings and interiors

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“Producing and restoring a range of furniture, furnishings and interiors to high standards of quality”

Furniture, furnishings and interiors cover home and office furnishings, contract provision, as well as restoration, upholstery, soft furnishings, and both kitchen and garden furniture. The industry has a long tradition of skills development and apprenticeships, from the traditional work of the craft guilds and livery companies, through to the modern integration of high technology and hand skills in furniture production. Production is becoming increasingly automated, but it’s still a skilled and varied craft, meaning that a diverse range of careers are available to you as an apprentice, from entry-level framemakers and wood machinists to restorers, upholsters and cabinet-makers. You will need good hand–eye coordination and be able to use tools effectively and work to high levels of accuracy. Making furniture can be physically demanding work. Some roles will take place in a factory environment and you may be required to undertake shift and weekend work.

Duration: 18 to 24 months

Relevant school subjects: DT and art

Entry requirements: GCSEs in English, maths and science, equivalent qualifications, or previous work experience or employment, supported by a portfolio of evidence

Achievement upon completion: Level 2 (Intermediate)—equivalent to GCSEs; Level 3 (Advanced)—equivalent to A-levels

Potential salary upon completion: £20,000 per annum

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