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Furniture Manufacturer Apprenticeship Level 2

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24 Months+ End-Point Assessment
Level 2

The Furniture, Furnishings and Interiors industry is of significant importance to the UK economy, particularly in the supply of end products for residential and commercial living and workplaces. Workplaces can be wide-ranging from small workshops to large factories. Furniture Manufacturers must be dexterous, have a good work ethic and be able to demonstrate their ability to work individually and as part of a team.

Entry requirements

Employment in a relevant environment for a minimum of 30 hours per week. GCSE English and Maths at grade 3 or above. If you do not have grade 4 or above, you will be required to work towards Level 2 Functional Skills in these subjects.

What will I study?

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 may manufacture furniture for domestic use, office settings, furniture for public areas e.g., hospitals and schools, and manufacture high-quality wood components. Apprentices will take the occupational route that is best suited to the business they work in.

Units include:

  • Make components of furniture to specification within acceptable tolerances.
  • Use appropriate equipment to cut materials within acceptable tolerances.
  • Understand the principles of joints used in making hand-crafted furniture.
  • Assemble components of furniture.
  • Understand the sequence of assembly and why this is important.
  • Measure and mark out materials to specification.
  • Sand materials for preparation prior to assembly, post-assembly and de-nibbing.
  • Understand grit sizes and the process of sanding

Method of delivery

Apprentices need to complete 20% off-the-job training during the on-programme phase of their apprenticeship which must take place in the apprentice’s contracted hours. The apprentice must also complete a portfolio of evidence during their on-programme learning. The portfolio is a collection of the apprentices’ best evidence, gathered during the programme of training. The evidence must demonstrate that they have achieved the skills, knowledge and behaviours of the whole apprenticeship standard, and the chosen skills from their occupational route of furniture manufacturer.

How will I be assessed?

The End-Point Assessment will demonstrate that the apprentice can perform in a fully competent and productive way. The End-Point Assessment will contain three components – all components must be passed for the apprentice to meet the apprenticeship standard requirements. The three components consist of:

Knowledge test – These are on-demand multiple-choice tests covering the health and safety and industry elements of the standard. They are externally set and marked by the assessment organisation and undertaken either on the employer's premises or off-site. The assessment organisation is responsible for developing the question bank. The Health and Safety test includes 45 questions, and the apprentice will have up to 60 minutes to complete. The industry test includes 30 questions, and the apprentice will have up to 40 minutes to complete.

Skills test – This involves observation of the apprentice manufacturing furniture or parts of furniture, covering the occupational outcomes in the standard, over a two-hour period. The observation should enable the apprentice to demonstrate the maximum possible range of skills, knowledge and behaviours, but also provides potential assessment opportunities for core elements of the standard.

A panel of the employer and assessment organisation will then discuss the grade with the overall decision made by the assessment organisation. While the employer and provider can contribute to grading discussions in the event of any dispute it is the assessment organisation that makes the final decision on competence/grading.

Portfolio – Each apprentice will prepare and submit a portfolio of work. This portfolio will enable the apprentice to demonstrate the specific work-related tasks that they have completed in order to show how they have achieved both occupational and core competence set out in the Furniture Manufacturer Standard and Assessment Modules. The portfolio will also give the apprentice the opportunity to demonstrate that they understand the company in terms of their products, processes, procedures, tools, equipment, materials, documentation and information systems by showcasing what they have done, what they have learnt and how they have applied this knowledge and skills to real work tasks.

Additional costs

There are no specific College programme related costs, however you will be advised of any additional costs during your application and enrolment process.

Qualification received

Furniture Manufacturer Apprenticeship Level 2

Good course combinations

This is a full-time course. It is not possible to combine this course with other Vocational, T Level or A Level programmes.

Your next steps

Many apprentices progress on to the next level. Typical job titles include General Furniture Manufacturer, Bed Manufacturer, Modern Upholsterer, Furniture Maker, Cabinet Maker, Furniture Designer, Mattress Maker, Divan Maker, and Headboard Maker.

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