York College

Furniture makers and other craft woodworkers make, repair and restore wooden furniture, decorative objects and other crafted pieces of woodwork.

Tasks

  • Examines drawings and specifications to determine job requirements and appropriate materials
  • Selects, measures, cuts and shapes wood using saws, chisels, planes, powered hand tools and woodworking machines
  • Assembles parts with crafted joints, nails, screws, dowels or adhesives and fits locks, catches, hinges, castors, drawers, shelves and other fittings
  • Removes, replaces or repairs damaged parts of wooden furniture
  • Measures floor area to be covered and lays wood blocks, parquet panels or hardwood strips
  • Matches and marks out veneers ready for cutting and examines and repairs defects in veneer or plywood sheets.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements, although entrants typically possess a variety of academic and vocational qualifications. Training is provided off- and on-the-job. A number of NVQs/SVQs and other vocational qualifications covering various aspects of furniture production and wood machining are available at various levels. Apprenticeships in Cabinet Making are available in some areas.

Industry Insights

Salaries for this occupation tend to start at £24,000 per annum and can progress up to £25,000 per annum.

Is it in growth or decline?

There are currently 5,522 employed Furniture Makers & Other Craft Woodworkers in the region.

Destinations of Art & Design Completers July 2018

47% of students went on to other Further Education at York College.

35% of students went on to other Higher Education

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