Furniture production - level 3 apprenticeship framework
This framework sets out the standards and criteria you must meet to complete the apprenticeship programme and receive your apprenticeship certificate for level three furniture production. This is the only level 3 training in this skill acceptable for apprenticeshipsni funding.
About the framework
This framework specifies the standards and the criteria for the delivery of level 3 apprenticeship training to achieve qualified status within the furniture production sector.
Successful completion of the apprenticeship will lead to the award of a level 3 qualification and recognition as a qualified person within the sector.
Achievement of a level 3 apprenticeship in furniture production will be assessed by verification through the appropriate awarding body.
You must complete 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 2
- communication – level 2
- information and communication technology – level 2
However, any qualifications you already have are assessed against the framework requirements and may result in an exemption from the above.
Competence and knowledge qualifications
You need to complete both a competence-based and a knowledge-based qualification, chosen from the lists below.
- City & Guilds Diploma in Finishing Furniture 500/8981/X
- City & Guilds Diploma in Restoring Furniture 500/9045/8
- City & Guilds Diploma in Design in the Furniture, Furnishings & Interiors Industry 500/8980/8
- City & Guilds Diploma in Furniture Making 500/8982/1
- City & Guilds Diploma in Fitted Furniture & Interiors 500/9662/X
- City & Guilds Diploma in Upholstery and Soft Furnishings 500/9995/4
- City & Guilds level 3 Diploma in Furniture Installation 600/1977/3
- City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Furniture Design & Making 600/1978/5
- City & Guilds level 3 Diploma in Furniture Restoration 600/2340/5
- City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Furnishings – Traditional Upholstery 600/3197/9
- City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Furnishings – Modern Upholstery 600/3198/0
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.
Employers may apply their own criteria at the recruitment stage.
Entry to the level 3 apprenticeship is by progression from the apprenticeshipsni level 2 framework in furniture production.
You may also enter the level 3 apprenticeship, subject to assessment by the training contractor and employer, if you:
- have already gained significant work experience in your occupational area, which could be considered as meeting the requirements of the level 2 furniture production framework and can show the capacity to achieve a level 3 standard
- have previously achieved a relevant level 2 recognised vocational qualification that is a mandatory requirement of the Level 2 apprenticeshipsni furniture production framework
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 333 Issue 7: 07/19) has been agreed by the Department for the Economy. For further information, contact: