Consultation to develop Level 3 Furniture Apprenticeship Standard – Your support is needed

The British Furniture Manufacturers Association and the Furniture Makers’ Company are appealing for the entire furnishing industry to take part in a government survey to help develop a Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard.

The furnishing industry developed the Level 2 Apprenticeship Standard under the government’s Trailblazer initiative in 2016. The standard covered multiple occupations including General Furniture Making, Bed Making, Modern Upholstery and Furniture Restoration and was given ministerial approval earlier this year.

The industry now requires a Level 3 Standard to provide progression from Level 2 and for school leavers who meet the entry requirements for the higher level.

The government survey is seeking views on:

  • Whether you support the development of the proposed Apprenticeship Standards;
  • Whether you think the proposed Apprenticeship Standards would typically take at least 12 months of training to develop the skills, knowledge and behaviours required for that occupation (required as part of our criteria);
  • Whether these Standards are similar to, or duplicate, existing Standards.

The consultation closes on Monday 6 November 2017, so time is limited. The survey can be accessed by going to: