WHAT IS FURNITURE MAKING?
Furniture makers make individually designed and produced pieces of furniture such as chairs, tables, chests of drawers, office furniture & screens and storage or display cabinets. They may also restore antiques or repair damaged furniture. Assemblers could carry out areas of above, but will also assemble and in some cases install items of furniture. Joiners / Woodworkers can also carry out aspects of the above, but could also be required to work on doors, windows and stairs. Other craft areas can include garden furniture, wood structures (garden, play equipment, etc), timber merchants, office furniture and supplies.
Experienced staff can make decisions such as the type of material needed to make components / products, the ability to follow technical drawings, skills to work out amount of materials needed.
Work based learning will provide hands on experience and help to develop a broad range of skills and knowledge to meet your employer business needs, without the need to attend college.
WHAT TRAINING WILL I RECEIVE?
You will learn how to use hand and power hand tools with a number of classical wood machines. Throughout the programme, you will also:
- Prepare drawings from specifications or determine job requirements by examining drawings and specifications
- Produce working drawings, jigs, templates or prototypes for production assembly of products using computer
- Select and prepare timber and manufactured board
- Select correct adhesives for various applications
- Trim and glue joints and fit parts together to form sections of furniture
- Assemble components and fit ironmongery
- Finish items using a range of techniques
- Repair damaged components
- ALL DELIVERED IN YOUR WORKPLACE
- Training from fully qualified Didac staff
- Ensure you are working to current legal and good practice requirements
- Improved Health & Safety and productivity
WHAT QUALIFICATIONS WILL I ACHIEVE?
As part of your Apprenticeship, you will achieve a number of recognised qualifications:
- NVQ in Furniture / Woodworking (demonstrating your practical skills)
- Technical Certificate in Furniture / Woodworking (demonstrating your knowledge and understanding)
- Functional Skills (where appropriate)
- 1 to 2 years to Intermediate Apprenticeship (Level 2). Additional 1 year to Advanced Apprenticeship (Level 3)
- National Delivery within the workplace
Progression can include the following:
- CAD / Designer
- Quality Control / Production Manager / Supervisor
- FREE for 16-18 year olds
- 19 + employer contribution POA
- Employers who pay Constructions Skills maybe eligible for additional grants
NOTE - a travel charge maybe applicable with extreme delivery locations