Organ builder apprenticeship

Design, manufacture and assemble the components of a pipe organ

An organ builder uses their skill and labour for the bespoke fabrication and restoration of pipe organs and their constituent components. During the organ builder apprenticeship, you’ll train in the design, manufacture and assembly of the components required in a pipe organ; in putting organ pipes onto speech and tuning them; and in the repair, maintenance and tuning of existing organs. You’ll learn to use materials such as wood, leather, tin and lead, and will be primarily working either in a workshop or on site, which will typically be a church or public auditorium. Upon completion of this apprenticeship, you’ll be recognised by the Institute of British Organ Building as a qualified organ builder, making you eligible for employment by any of its accredited business members. You’ll also be eligible for individual or associate membership.


Duration: 36 months

Relevant school subjects: Music and DT

Entry requirements for the organ builder apprenticeship: Depend on employer, but likely GCSEs or equivalent qualifications or relevant experience

Achievement upon completion: Level 3 (Advanced)—equivalent to A-levels

Potential salary upon completion: £20,000 per annum

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