Many companies in our industry are seeing increased turnover and can now see real growth in British furnishing manufacture in the future. With this growth comes the need for highly skilled young people to work at operational level and to become the supervisors and managers of the future.

The Furniture Makers’ Company is leading the way in developing apprenticeships for our industry through the Livery Companies Apprentice Scheme (LCAS) , with nine apprentices now in place in companies like Corporate Member Silentnight, Senator, Nathan and Burgess Beds.

All apprentices are now training at their employers’ premises and obtaining valuable theoretical and practical education at Burnley College in modules created jointly by the college, their companies and with support from Proskills UK, the charity which provides training and education for people working in the material, production and supply industries.

In addition the Government, through the Department for Business Innovation and Skills, has launched the Trailblazer initative, the forerunner of new apprenticeship programs in England and Wales. This is an employer-led scheme and our Corporate Member Silentnight is now the Trailblazer for the furniture industry. With tremendous support from the industry, including many of our members  and representative organisations, Trailblazer 3 status has now been confirmed for the furniture sector.

If your company would like to be involved with a working group to ensure that appropriate modules are developed for their particular sector please contact

Lisa Williamson

Apprenticeship and Qualifications Development Manager proskills

07500 086599

01235 432030