Furniture Manufacture Apprenticeship

Course at a glance

Subject Area:

Furniture Manufacture




Level 2 NVQ Diploma
Level 3 NVQ Diploma

Course Start:


Course Length:

2 - 3.5 years


North Street Campus

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Course overview

This Furniture Manufacture Apprenticeship is available to anyone aged over 16.

Furniture Makers work with wood in a workshop and manufacture tables, chairs, doors, cabinets, bookcases and wardrobes. They use traditional woodworking tools as well as specialised power or hand tools for cutting, shaping, smoothing and finishing.

What skills and qualities do apprentices need?

A careful, methodical and accurate approach to your work, the ability to follow drawings, plans and written or spoken instructions, a creative eye.

Entry requirements

You should be aged 16 or over and ideally already be employed or have secured a work placement, however we may be able to help you with this. Good GCSEs are recommended and you will be required to take a skills assessment.

To search and apply for apprenticeship vacancies visit the national apprenticeship vacancy website.

If you are aged 16-18 and you are unable to find an apprenticeship, you can apply for a study programme and switch over at any point when you do find one.

You must have achieved the Level 2 NVQ Diploma to commence the Level 3 NVQ Diploma.

What would apprentices learn at College?

  • How to design and make frames, drawers and doors using softwoods and hardwoods
  • How to set up and use a range of hand and power tools
    How to use a range of industrial fixed machines
  • How to select and prepare equipment and materials
  • How to read and work off plans and specifications to manufacture furniture
  • How to assemble various types of components and furniture

No matter what level you are currently working at, you will be expected to further your skills in English and maths.

Next steps

After completing this course there are a number of options available, depending on your final grade you could move onto a level 3 apprenticeship, into higher education or seek permanent employment.

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