Following the announcement by Nick Boles on 12th March James Latham and Proskills UK Group are pleased to confirm they will lead on the development of a new Wood Apprenticeship Standard as part of the Governments Phase 4 Trailblazers. Trailblazers are groups of leading large and small employers within a sector who work together to develop new apprenticeship standards.
This project is supported by employers in the sector (listed below). The group will be chaired by Piers Latham.
The new apprenticeships will be:
- employer-led and designed so they respond to the needs of industry, meaning each apprentice has the skills required by the sector
- focused on quality so the apprentice has to demonstrate their ability through rigorous assessment at the end of their apprenticeship
- graded on completion – pass, merit, or distinction – to mark the level of achievement
Adam Wilson, Arbor Forest Products Ltd, Associated Timber Services Ltd, Bournemouth & Poole College, Builders Merchants Federation, Didac Ltd, E A Higginson & Co Ltd, Elmwood Joinery (East Anglia) Ltd, Houghtons Of York, Howarth Timber Windows & Doors Limited, James Donaldson And Sons Ltd, Leeds College Of Building, Medina Joinery, Mint Construction, Parker & Highland Joinery, SCA Timber Supply Limited, SCM Group UK Ltd, STP Timber Products Ltd, Sylva Group Ltd, T Brewer And Co Ltd, Timbmet Ltd, Tompkins Ltd, TRADA.
We’re pleased to announce that the new Furniture Manufacturing Apprenticeship Standard which has been developed by employers has been approved.
The standard includes the following occupational options:
- General Furniture Manufacturing
- Bed Making
- Modern Upholstery
The apprenticeship standard has now been published, which in time will replace current frameworks as part of the Government’s apprenticeship reform programme to make apprenticeships more rigorous and more responsive to employers.
The Furniture Trailblazer Steering Group was given the responsibility to redesign the apprenticeship standard by the Government. It includes representatives from: Silentnight Group, AMUSF, Burgess Beds, Dewars French Polishers, Duresta, G Plan, JKB, Lebus Upholstery, Nathan Furniture, Parker Knoll, REM, Reylon, Senator, Simpsons Furniture, The Furniture Makers, Sylvan Enterprises, Wendy Shorter Interiors, British Furniture Confederation, Willowbrook, Erinstar, Health Beds Ltd, Hypnos Limited, Simmons Beds UK, Bodyease, Steinhoff UK Manufacturing Ltd, dunlopillo, Myers, Slumberland, Staples, Sweet Dreams, Blum UK, Pendennis, Rolls Royce, Bucks Bedrooms, Artistic Upholstery Limited, Interform Furniture, Axiom Displays, Baron Mercers, Imperial Office Furniture, SW Watson & Son Ltd, My Fathers Heart in Sheffield, Cotswold Caners, DFS, Sofa Brands International, Vale Upholstery, HSL Upholstery, Tetrad Upholstery, Plumbs Upholstery, Saxon Leather, Buoyant Upholstery, Furnico, Home Improvements, Mills and Scott, National Bed Federation, British Furniture Manufacturers, The Upholders, Proskills, Burnley College, North Lancs Training Group, Chichester College, World Skills, Cornwall College and Webs Training.