Young Professional Industry Experience

 Young Professionals Industry Experience

About the Young Professional Industry Experience

The Young Professional Industry Experience is our unique three week intensive programme where aspiring young people are given the opportunity to visit and understand all areas of the furniture industry, including materials, designing, manufacturing, pricing, marketing, sales, and customer service.

The programme is open to aspiring young professionals and graduates who are progressing well through early employment and have dreams of becoming future leaders of the industry. The intense three week experience is ideal for those candidates whose employers will sponsor them, although we also consider applications from those who are currently between jobs.

Our partners

The Young Professional Industry Experience is a unique opportunity that only The Furniture Makers Company, though its extended membership, is able to provide.

Each year we forge partnerships with both our corporate members and industry supporters to arrange insightful and informative visits, tours, and presentations for our young candidates.

With partners small, medium and large, representing a broad cross section of our industry, the experience is the most comprehensive view of the industry our candidates are likely to ever see.


Following the culmination of the three-week programme, we invited representatives from all of the companies that supported the course to come to Furniture Makers’ Hall to view a presentation given by the YPIE participants.


“‘YPIE is an unrivalled opportunity to see behind the scenes of the furniture industry. So far this course has allowed me to broaden my knowledge, learning about various aspects of the industry that I wouldn’t usually get to experience, including operations, manufacturing processes and finance. Each company has been incredible open and hospitable as we’ve networked with the most prominent members of various companies. It’s also giving me insight as to how I can improve within my own role at Parker Knoll to become a better marketeer within the industry.” – Emily Nickless, digital marketing manager at Parker Knoll Upholstery 

“The variety of the course has enabled me to truly appreciate what different departments have to do in order to support one another and succeed. I believe this experience has helped me greatly as I work towards professional development and career progression.” – Emily Dwyer, operations graduate at Herman Miller. 

“I really enjoyed the chance to explore other companies. Getting a chance to look at how other companies operate and being able to take what I have seen and then apply it to my job role is something that only this course can give.” – Thomas Firth,  cell operative at Silentnight Beds 


How to get involved

For more information, please contact Anne Sampson, education events & campaigns manager at The Furniture Makers’ Company, on 020 7562 8523 or by emailing

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