Apprentice &
Skills Plus Service

Hire an apprentice and invest in the future of your business.

In partnership with the Furniture and Interiors Education, Skills and Training Alliance (FIESTA), we have launched a free service that will support businesses in the furniture and furnishing industry to take on apprentices with ease.


Professional apprenticeships for new members of staff and existing employees are a cost-effective way for your organisation to grow talent, close skills gaps and develop a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce.




Build the team you need

Apprenticeships available

Whether you are a bed manufacturer, cabinet maker, kitchen installer or upholsterer there is an apprenticeship to suit your business.


For other areas of the business there are apprenticeships that cover administration, customer services, management, retail, sales, supervisor & team leader, warehousing and many more.


With Government funding available to cover 95 – 100% of training and assessment costs, apprenticeships are a cost-effective way to develop qualified staff, tailored to the needs of your business.

Available apprenticeships include:
  • Advanced furniture CNC Technician
  • Advanced upholsterer
  • Bed manufacturer
  • Bespoke furniture maker
  • Fitted furniture design technician
  • Fitted interiors installer
  • Furniture CNC specialist
  • Furniture finisher
  • Furniture manufacturer
  • Furniture restorer
  • Lean manufacturing operative
  • Modern furniture service repairer
  • Modern upholsterer
  • Wood machinist
  • Wood product manufacturing operative

Let us help you

Our personalised Apprentice & Skills Plus Service can support you through the process of taking on an apprentice and help you to:
  • Decide if apprenticeships are right for your business
  • Understand the funding and costs involved
  • Connect with training providers offering relevant training
  • Understand off-the-job training hours
  • Match your job roles and skills gaps to apprenticeship standards
  • Find an apprentice through promotional opportunities and guidance
  • Understand the End Point Assessment (EPA) process.
  • Find out more

    If you would like to find out more and to arrange a conversation, please contact the skills plus coordinator Natalie Cole: