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Furniture Manufacturer Apprenticeship Level 2

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Typical duration 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

You must be employed in a relevant role for a minimum of 30 hours per week. As a minimum, you should have 3 GCSEs at grade 3 or above, including English and Maths. If you do not have grade 4 or above in English and Maths, 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
  • You will also produce a portfolio of evidence demonstrating examples of your work throughout the apprenticeship.

Method of delivery

This apprenticeship is delivered on a day release basis – one day per week at York College during college term time – and working with your employer the rest of the time. If required Functional Skills are delivered as a separate block release.

How will I be assessed?

Continual assessment will take place throughout the duration of the apprenticeship. If required, the Functional Skills are assessed through on-line tests

The End-Point Assessment (EPA) will comprise of 2 computer-based multiple-choice tests covering the core modules in health and safety and the industry, a 2-hour practical test and an interview based on your portfolio of evidence.

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

It is not possible to combine this course with other Vocational, T Level or A Level programmes.

Your next steps

These can include working for a business or self-employment and you can also progress on to higher level qualifications to increase your skills and knowledge.

To find out more about how to become an apprentice or how to recruit an apprentice into your business, please contact York College Business Partnership Team:

Tel: 01904 770368

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