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This Modern Apprenticeship offers two levels — for employees beginning their career in the manufacture and production of furniture, furnishings and interiors, and for those wishing to further develop their knowledge and skills. It’s suitable for employees working as a finisher, polisher, soft furnisher, upholsterer or cabinet maker.

Qualifications

SCQF level 5

Your employee will study for a qualification in:

  • Solid Surfaces at SCQF level 5
  • Modern Upholstery at SCQF Level 5
  • Soft Furnishings at SCQF Level 5
  • Furniture Making: Contemporary at SCQF Level 5
  • Furniture Making: Traditional at SCQF Level 5
Entry requirements

Candidates don’t need previous experience at this level.

Progression and development

After completing this level, employees could progress to the SCQF level 6 Modern Apprenticeship.

SCQF qualification levels explained

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SCQF level 6

Your employee will study for a qualification in:

  • Modern Upholstery at SCQF Level 6
  • Soft Furnishings at SCQF Level 6
  • Furniture Making: Contemporary at SCQF Level 6
  • Furniture Making: Traditional at SCQF Level 6
Entry requirements

Candidates don’t need previous experience at this level.

Progression and development

After completing this level, employees should be in a position to progress within the industry. Suitable employees could also progress further by completing additional courses in the same, or complementary, areas.

SCQF qualification levels explained

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How is it funded?

We contribute towards training costs

We do this by paying the learning provider directly in incremental payments throughout the course of the apprenticeship.

Use our Modern Apprenticeship Contribution Table to work out the funding level for this framework.

An enhanced funding contribution is paid for employees who are aged 16 – 19. For those who are disabled and care-experienced, this is extended up to and including age 29.

Speak to a range of learning providers to find the best deal and agree on a flexible approach to meet the needs of your business.

Who pays the apprentice?

Like any other employee of your business, you’ll pay the Modern Apprentice's wages. This is not set by SDS, but we do encourage all employers to pay the living wage. Remember, you must pay at least the National Minimum Wage.

Time to complete

It will take between 12-24 months to complete.

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Sound right for your business?

The next step is to find a learning provider that offers this apprenticeship.

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Need a little more information or advice?

Call our advisers to find out more about Modern Apprenticeships. 

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