Apprentice & Skills Plus Service

Hire an apprentice and invest in the future of your business.

Are you looking for ways to address a skills gap in your organisation, or keen to attract new young talent into the business?

Professional apprenticeships for new members of staff and existing employees are a cost-effective way for your organisation to grow talent, close skills gaps and develop a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce.

Whether you are a bed manufacturer, cabinet maker, kitchen installer or upholsterer there is an apprenticeship to suit your business. Available apprenticeships include:

  • Advanced furniture CNC Technician
  • Advanced upholsterer
  • Bed manufacturer
  • Bespoke furniture maker
  • Fitted furniture design technician
  • Fitted interiors installer
  • Furniture CNC specialist
  • Furniture finisher
  • Furniture manufacturer
  • Furniture restorer
  • Lean manufacturing operative
  • Modern furniture service repairer
  • Modern upholsterer
  • Wood machinist
  • Wood product manufacturing operative

For other areas of the business there are apprenticeships that cover administration, customer services, management, retail, sales, supervisor & team leader, warehousing and many more.

With Government funding available to cover 95 – 100% of training and assessment costs, apprenticeships are a cost-effective way to develop qualified staff, tailored to the needs of your business.

Let us help you

A new free service to support the furniture and furnishings sector.

Our personalised Apprentice & Skills Plus Service can support you through the process of taking on an apprentice and help you to:

  • Decide if apprenticeships are right for your business
  • Understand the funding and costs involved
  • Connect with training providers offering relevant training
  • Understand off-the-job training hours
  • Match your job roles and skills gaps to apprenticeship standards
  • Find an apprentice through promotional opportunities and guidance
  • Understand the End Point Assessment (EPA) process.

If you would like to find out more and to arrange a conversation, please contact the skills plus coordinator Natalie Cole:

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The Apprentice and Skills Plus Service is funded by The Furniture Makers’ Company and FIESTA.