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,is a unique resource both for learning about the history of furniture and gathering ideas and inspiration for new designs. The collection comprises over 200 chairs from the 17th century to the present day, together with the Frederick Parker and Parker Knoll Archive covering 150 years of British furniture manufacturing.

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 Anne Sampson, education events and campaigns manager at The Furniture Makers’ Company, on 020 7562 8523 or by emailing