About the framework
This framework specifies the standards and the criteria for the delivery of level 2 apprenticeship training to achieve qualified status within the furniture production sector. Successful completion of the apprenticeship will lead to the award of a level 2 qualification and recognition as a qualified person within the sector.
Achievement of a level 2 apprenticeship in furniture production will be assessed by verification through the appropriate awarding body.
You must complete both a competence-based and a knowledge-based qualification, along with the mandatory essential skills qualifications.
Mandatory essential skills
To successfully complete the apprenticeship, you must achieve the following essential skills qualifications as part of the apprenticeship, or already hold a recognised equivalent:
- application of number – level 1
- communication – level 1
However, any qualifications you already have are assessed against the framework requirements and may result in an exemption from the above.
If you haven’t got a level 1 ICT qualification, your training contractor is strongly encouraged to offer ICT Essential Skills level 1 as well as the essential skills above.
Competence and knowledge qualifications
Apprentices need to complete both a competence-based and a knowledge-based qualification chosen from the lists below.
- City & Guilds Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Wood Machining (Furniture) 500/8481/1
- PIABC Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Wood Machining (Furniture) 600/5687/3
- City & Guilds Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Fitted Furniture and Interiors 500/8463/X
- City & Guilds Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Finishing Furniture 500/8530/X
- City & Guilds Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Restoring Furniture 500/8462/8
- City & Guilds Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Furniture Making 500/8543/8
- PIABC Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Furniture Making 601/0001/1
- City & Guilds Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Upholstery and Soft Furnishings 500/9709/X
Knowledge based qualification:
- City & Guilds Level 2 Diploma in Furniture Making 600/3228/5
- City & Guilds Level 2 Diploma in Furniture Finishing Methods 600/3191/8
- City & Guilds Level 2 Diploma in Furniture Spray Finishing Methods 600/3202/9
- City & Guilds Level 2 Diploma in Furnishings – Traditional Upholstery 600/3193/1
- City & Guilds Level 2 Diploma in Furnishings – Modern Upholstery 600/3192/X
- City & Guilds Level 2 Diploma in Furnishings – Soft Furnishings 600/3195/5
- City & Guilds Level 2 Diploma in Furnishings – Upholstery 600/3194/3
- City & Guilds Level 2 Diploma in Furniture Installation 600/3201/7
- City & Guilds Level 2 Diploma in Wood Machining 600/1976/1
Eligibility and entry to the programme
You must be a new employee, or an existing employee taking on a new role to take part in the programme. There are no formal entry requirements for learners undertaking this apprenticeship, however employers may apply their own criteria at recruitment. Employers and training contractors must ensure that learners have the potential and opportunity to gain the apprenticeship successfully.
See also the DfE operational requirements.
Apprenticeship duration can vary and will be agreed between the apprentice, training contractor and employer.
For this framework, the participant is required to complete a suitable employee rights and responsibilities (ERR) workbook. Framework certification is issued on confirmation from the training contractor that the ERR has been completed.
It is the responsibility of the training contractor/college to ensure that all components of this framework are delivered in accordance with apprenticeshipsni operational requirements.
The apprentice must be employed from day one.
The content of this framework (Framework No 16 Issue 7: 7/19) has been agreed by the Department for the Economy. For further information, contact: