General Furniture Manufacturer Apprenticeship L2

General Furniture Manufacturer Apprenticeship L2

General Furniture Manufacturer Apprenticeship L2

Furniture & Woodworking


Furniture Manufacturers 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. They will manufacture furniture such as:
• Domestic – kitchens, bedrooms, living room and other items for the home
• Office - desk, seating, tables and other items for the office environment
• Contract - furniture for public areas such as hospitals, schools, hotels and airports
• Manufacture of high quality wooden components
Apprentices will use a range of techniques to produce furniture, including hand & power tools and woodworking machinery.


In order to ensure sufficient flexibility to meet the needs of the industry whilst maintaining the rigour of every single apprenticeship within it, Furniture Manufacturers will need to undertake six of the following requirements, at least three must be Group A. YOU WILL KNOW HOW TO AND BE ABLE TO

Group A

Machinery, Tools and Equipment Set up and operate machinery, tools and equipment used to produce furniture. Understand tools and equipment used
Components Make components of furniture to specification within acceptable tolerances. Understand how and where components are used
Cutting Use appropriate equipment to cut materials within acceptable tolerances
Joints Understand the principles of joints used in making hand-crafted furniture
Veneers and Laminates  Select, prepare and apply veneers to items of furniture
Assembly Assemble components of furniture. Understand the sequence of assembly and why this is important
Finishing Apply stains, sealers, basecoats and finishes to production furniture

Group B

Measure and Mark Out Measure and mark out materials to specification
Sanding Sand materials for preparation prior to assembly, post-assembly and de-nibbing. Understand grit sizes and the process of sanding
Cramping Position components and apply cramps to ensure products are positioned securely to specification
Fittings Prepare and assemble components to specification, finishing and checking the assembly conforms to specifications
Gluing Apply adhesives to components. Understand types, methods and processes involved in gluing
Jigs and Templates Use and maintain jigs and templates for furniture production.  Jigs are used to ensure repeatability and accuracy in the production of furniture. These can be hand held or mounted on workbenches.
Edge Banding Carry out edge-banding process following standard operating procedures.  Edge banding is the process of applying a trim or edge to the piece of furniture to make it neat and aesthetically pleasing.
Electrical/Mechanical Fittings  Fit mechanical or electrical components to furniture
Rectification/Rework  Carry out rectification or rework. This includes assessing and repairing items
Safe Handling and Storage Pack and store products and components following standard operating procedures. Understand and follow procedures for safe handling of products


Minimum of 1 year, up to 2 years

Maths / English

Apprentices without appropriate English and Maths must achieve these before taking the end-point assessment

End Point Assessment

EPA is the final assessment for an apprentice to ensure that they can do the job they have been training for. EPA is separate to any qualifications or other assessment that the apprentice may undertake during the on‑programme stage of the apprenticeship.  These can include observation, test, portfolio review, professional discussion.  EPA is carried out by an independent organization from Didac

Delivery Location

National Delivery within the workplace


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Didac Limited,
Woodwise Academy,
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