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Furniture, furnishing and interiors apprenticeships

Types of apprenticeships that you can apply for in the furniture, furnishing and interiors sector.

This apprenticeship covers a range of occupations involved with the manufacture and production of furniture.

Training opportunities

As an intermediate level apprentice you could work as a cabinet or furniture maker, where you would produce and assemble component pieces of furniture items including:

  • tables
  • chairs
  • cabinets
  • chests of drawers
  • lounge suites
  • office furniture
  • kitchen cupboards

Or you could work as a soft furnisher, measuring, cutting, and sewing of fabrics to customer or company requirements usually in a workshop.

On the advanced level apprenticeship you could work as an experienced furniture restorer repairing furniture, from simple things like re-gluing broken parts, through to completely rebuilding an item including making missing components and re-polishing.

Alternatively you could work as an experienced upholsterer adding padding and soft covers to furniture, working with designs, textures and colours to cover or re-cover items with fabric or other materials.

Types of apprenticeships

There are 2 types of apprenticeships in this sector.

Intermediate level apprenticeship

You can train in roles like:

  • mattress maker
  • cabinet or furniture maker
  • upholsterer
  • finisher or polisher
  • furniture restorer
  • furniture installer or blind and shutter installer
  • soft furnisher
  • wood machinist

Advanced level apprenticeship

You can train in roles like:

  • experienced cabinet or furniture maker
  • designer maker
  • experienced mattress maker
  • experienced soft furnisher
  • experienced furniture designer
  • experienced furniture or blinds and shutters installer
  • experienced furniture restorer
  • experienced finisher/polisher
  • experienced upholsterer

Apply for a furniture, furnishing and interiors apprenticeship

You can become an apprentice in England if you’re:

  • 16 or over
  • eligible to work in England
  • not in full-time education