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 work places. It offers a vast range of career opportunities for those with an eye for detail and a creative mind. 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.

The furniture industry provides numerous opportunities and various job roles including the design, making, finishing or restoration of furniture.

You may specialise in for example: manufacturing a range of different pieces of furniture; upholstering chairs and sofas using traditional and modern materials and fabrics; installing fitted furniture such as bespoke wardrobes and kitchens; restoring antique and modern furniture by using practical and scientific restoration techniques; and using CNC machinery to cut, plane and sand all types of wood.

You will develop a range of practical skills, as most tasks require the use of various hand and power tools, and may also develop your artistic and computer skills. The specific skills you develop will depend on the area you specialise in.

What training will I receive?

You’ll receive real-life training from experienced staff within your workplace, and be visited regularly by a specialist NLTG Tutor. Your Tutor will support and guide you throughout your Apprenticeship, making sure you develop the skills needed for your job role. As part of your Apprenticeship, you will need to complete a maths and/or English qualification if you do not already hold these qualifications; the level at which you will study will depend upon your Apprenticeship. You may also need to study an ICT qualification. Your NLTG Tutor will provide you with support and guidance.

Additional Benefits

• All vacancies are jobs from day one.
• Your training will lead to a nationally recognised qualification.
• You will receive an attractive wage/salary during training.
• We have a dedicated team to support you with your English and maths skills.
• We operate an equality and diversity policy.
• All employers are appraised for health and safety.
• We will visit you regularly during your training.
• Your training will be full and varied.

The Apprenticeship, (Traineeship and Jobs Growth Wales Programmes), led by the Welsh Government, are supported by the European Social Fund.

Case Study

Tom Collinson at Senator

As an Apprentice Furniture Assembler at Senator International Limited, my day to day job role entails assembly building cupboards and pedestals. My Apprenticeship has benefited me as I enjoy being at work full time and producing work to a high standard. Overall, my Apprenticeship has boosted my confidence and has helped me to interact with different people, which is something I wouldn’t usually do. I am soon due to complete my Level 2 Apprenticeship and am very much looking forward to progressing onto my Level 3.