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British Furniture Manufacturers support furniture apprenticeship

A brand new industry-specific Furniture Apprenticeship will allow young people to learn skills on the job while gaining a Level 3 qualification. The training scheme, funded and supported by the British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM) as well as The Furniture Makers’ Company (FMC), will allow apprentices to train for a spectrum of jobs including; a bespoke furniture-maker, advanced CNC technician and an advanced upholsterer.

Approval of the furniture designer module is still awaited but expected to follow shortly.

“Apprenticeships are a great way to bring a fresh perspective into a business, and with substantial training and development, are beneficial to both the employee and employer. The new scheme will also present the industry with the opportunity to advance individuals to a level that will help fill the skills gap” said Jackie Bazeley, managing director of BFM.

Jonny Westbrooke, FMC CEO, added: “The Level 2 Apprenticeship Standard was successfully developed and given ministerial approval last year, thanks to the support of the furnishing industry. A Level 3 Standard is now desperately needed for school leavers who meet the entry requirements for the higher level. We are pleased the approval has been granted so work can now start on the development of the bespoke furniture-maker, advanced upholsterer and advanced furniture CNC technician standards.”

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