Education

Education

Our education programme

The furnishing industry needs a skilled workforce in order to maintain a competitive edge in today’s global market.

We have created a wide ranging education programme to develop young talent for the future, which supports school children right through to young professionals.

From awarding design prizes that raise awareness and reward talent, organising a dedicated exhibition to showcase work from young designers, through to giving grants, bursaries and scholarships to universities, colleges and their students, our educational programme is all-encompassing.

To give students and young professionals a deeper understanding of the industry, we organise unique tours and seminars, covering raw materials and components through to design, purchasing, manufacturing, pricing,
marketing, merchandising and retailing.

For those studying design, the Frederick Parker Collection of chairs, housed at London Metropolitan University, covers 300 years of British furniture making and design, and is an invaluable educational resource for students to understand the heritage of the industry.

And because we know help is needed to forge careers, we’ve developed mentoring and apprenticeship initiatives as well as a portal to support people to find training and education courses around the country.

How to get involved

For more information about our education programme, please contact Damilola Bamidele, grants and education manager at The Furniture Makers’ Company, on 020 7562 8523 or by emailing grantsandeducation@furnituremakers.org.uk