Reference Quantity: ST0639

Particulars of ordinary

Occupation abstract

This occupation is discovered within the furnishings, furnishings and interiors manufacturing business.  The UK furnishings, mattress and furnishings manufacturing business has seen substantial progress over latest years and makes a major contribution to the nation’s GDP. There are over 1 / 4 of one million folks in jobs regarding the business, with 118,000 in manufacturing alone. In addition to manufacturing furnishings for residential lodging, there’s additionally a big marketplace for workplace and industrial furnishings.

The broad goal of the occupation is to supply and assemble bespoke items of furnishings to satisfy particular person clients’ necessities. This may cowl items corresponding to tables, chairs, cupboards, workplace furnishings, kitchens and bedrooms.  Bespoke Furnishings Makers work with and want to know a wide range of supplies – together with wooden, metals, glass, plastics, cloth, finishes and different related supplies.

Of their each day work, an worker on this occupation interacts with a variety of colleagues together with designers, manufacturing/manufacturing managers, high quality technicians, manufacturing leaders and product builders. They might want to work intently with designers and set up groups. Bespoke Furnishings Makers will work alone or inside small groups with different makers and can be accountable for liaising with colleagues and suppliers and in some roles with clients. They have an inclination to work in small craft workshops however may work in bigger factories.  The often report back to a senior colleague such because the managing director. 

An worker on this occupation can be accountable for deciphering and difficult designs and providing options, deciding on applicable supplies, making the parts and assembling items of furnishings utilizing equipment and hand manufacturing methods.  Bespoke Furnishings Makers additionally produce prototypes to convey designs to life, they are going to produce complicated jigs and templates. They attend design conferences to contribute to designs concerning feasibility and prices.

Bespoke Furnishings Makers can even want to teach and mentor apprentices, trainees and different colleagues.

Typical job titles

Bespoke Furnishings Maker, Furnishings Maker, Cupboard Maker, Bespoke Furnishings Producer

Occupation duties


Standards for measuring efficiency


Obligation 1 work safely always following related laws and rules guaranteeing self and others security

well being and security data


S1, S2, S1


Obligation 2 interpret and problem furnishings designs and provide options to any points or issues that will happen

the tip product delivered consistent with buyer expectations/specs

K2, K3

S4, S5, S6

B2, B3, B4, B5

Obligation 3 choose applicable supplies for bespoke furnishings designs to be produced

delivered consistent with agreed timescale/price/firm requirements

K4, K5

S7, S8

B6, B7, B8

Obligation 4 develop work schedules to satisfy firm aims and bespoke furnishings to be produced

delivered consistent with agreed timescale/firm requirements



B2, B5

Obligation 5 make furnishings parts to satisfy specs

delivered consistent with agreed timescale/price/firm requirements

K7, K8, K9

S12, S13

B2, B5, B7

Obligation 6 arrange and function equipment, instruments and tools to make bespoke furnishings

to satisfy furnishings specs and firm requirements

K10, K11, K12, K13, K14

S12, S13, S14, S15, S16

B1, B5, B7

Obligation 7 assemble furnishings parts to satisfy specs

following commonplace working procedures and producers directions

K15, K16, K17, K18

S17, S18, S19, S20

B2, B5, B7

Obligation 8 determine any high quality points with bespoke furnishings and parts produced

delivered consistent with firm requirements

K19, K20

S21, S22, S23

B5, B9

Obligation 9 End furnishings merchandise to satisfy buyer expectations

delivered consistent with agreed timescale/price/firm requirements

K21, K22

S24, S25, S26

B1, B5, B7, B10

Obligation 10 liaise with colleagues and different related folks to attain work aims

merchandise delivered to clients to specification and inside agreed timescales



B4, B11, B12, B13

Obligation 11 Develop self and others

delivered consistent with firm insurance policies and procedures.


S28, S29, S30, S31, S32





K1 well being, security and environmental administration and threat evaluation for instance Management Of Substances Hazardous to Well being (COSHH), Provision and Use of Work Gear Laws (PUWER), Well being And Security At Work Act (HASAWA), Reporting of Accidents, Ailments and Harmful Occurrences Laws (RIDDOR) and guide dealing with

K2 furnishings making drawings, specs, scales, technical phrases associated to furnishings making, for instance phrases corresponding to bunching, beading, chamfer, marquetry and sauvage

K3 visualisation of ultimate furnishings making designs

K4 furnishings making business supplies – limitations and makes use of of supplies, defects – traits together with wooden and timber, artifical composite supplies together with plywood, MDF (Medium Density Board) and MFC (Melamine Confronted Chipboard), veneers, laminates, edging supplies, stains and finishes, fixtures and fittings (together with glass, plastics, electrical parts and fittings), materials, springs, artifical and pure fillings and adhesives

K5 find out how to scale back waste in furnishings making

K6 furnishings manufacturing/manufacturing strategies for instance slicing, bending, molding, laminating and meeting

K7 drawings, specs, scales, technical phrases associated to furnishings making

K8 development strategies for furnishings produced for instance doweling, jointing, gluing

K9 high quality requirements and management strategies for instance British and European requirements

K10 present laws associated to furnishings equipment and tools utilized in your office for instance Secure Use of Woodworking Equipment Accredited Code of Observe

K11 Secure Methods of Work, the formal procedures for protected strategies and procedures adopted throughout work actions, for related processes, together with use and upkeep of equipment used

K12 find out how to create complicated jigs and templates to satisfy furnishings making specs

K13 machine tooling used for instance drills, blades or profile cutters

K14 find out how to function furnishings making equipment, instruments and tools used

K15 fixtures and fittings utilized in furnishings making, for instance brackets, hinges, runners and handles

K16 meeting strategies utilized in furnishings making

K17 joints utilized in furnishings making

K18 adhesives utilized in furnishings making

K19 high quality requirements it is advisable meet

K20 faults and issues that might happen and problem-solving methods for instance plan-do-check-act or root trigger evaluation

K21 furnishings ending preparation strategies for instance sanding

K22 totally different furnishings finishes, their limitations and makes use of for instance stains, sealers, lacquers/UV (ultravoilet), primers, solvents and water-based supplies, paints, waxes, oils, grain fillers, patinas, varnish and polish

K23 efficient communication expertise and methods together with verbal, written and bodily non-verbal

K24 teaching, mentoring and suggestions methods


S1 work safely always, carrying applicable PPE, adhering to COSHH data and finishing well being and security data and studies

S2 function tools to PUWER rules

S3 perform well being and security threat assessments

S4 create furnishings making specs, slicing lists and different related info from designs

S5 determine any issues and points that will happen corresponding to feasibility or price

S6 problem furnishings making designs and provide options to any issues recognized, for instance can the design be made, is it the flawed wooden species

S7 determine supplies utilized in furnishings making for instance wooden and timber, artifical composite supplies

S8 choose applicable supplies to satisfy furnishings making specification for instance wooden and timber, artifical composite supplies

S9 handle furnishings manufacturing together with setting timescales and priorities to satisfy firm aims and delegating furnishings making work duties to others

S10 lower, sand, bore, drill, create joints, mould, noticed and airplane wooden and parts

S11 calibrate measuring tools and use precisely

S12 create complicated jigs and templates to satisfy furnishings making specs for instance Lock Jigs, Jigs for making Arcs in addition to Jigs for making Frieze and Dentil Moulding

S13 arrange applicable tooling to satisfy furnishings making specs

S14 arrange equipment, instruments and tools to satisfy furnishings making specs

S15 function and use equipment, instruments and tools to satisfy furnishings making specs

S16 keep furnishings equipment, instruments and tools inside limits of accountability for instance lubricating equipment, retaining equipment clear, sharpening instruments

S17 match, repair and assemble parts to satisfy furnishings making specs

S18 use cramps to assemble parts

S19 connect fixtures and fittings to satisfy furnishings making specs

S20 create joints to satisfy furnishings making specs

S21 check and examine furnishings and parts in opposition to specs for instance open and shut drawers

S22 rectify and treatment any faults, for instance marking and blisters, defects, scratches, marks, density, holes, weave

S23 determine traits in furnishings making faults

S24 put together surfaces for furnishings finishes for instance sanding

S25 restore any defects recognized for instance blooming, moisture, temperature, blotching, runs, streaks, curing, and silicones – orange peel, fish eye

S26 apply applicable finishes together with by hand and by spray gun for instance stains, sealers, lacquers/UV, primers, solvents and water-based supplies, paints, waxes, oils, grain fillers, patinas, varnish and polish

S27 apply efficient communication methods in any respect ranges together with written and verbal communication expertise

S28 determine coaching wants of self and others

S29 keep personal continued skilled growth (CPD)

S30 give applicable suggestions and help to others

S31 search constructive suggestions on personal expertise and methods in opposition to present requirements

S32 consider personal expertise and experience


B1 have a safety-first angle, guaranteeing the security of self and others as applicable

B2 be versatile in altering surroundings and calls for

B3 keep focus and focus throughout furnishings making actions

B4 demonstrates a constructive can-do angle by taking a look at each scenario with a way of enthusiasm

B5 has a methodical strategy to furnishings making duties

B6 is decisive when undertaking furnishings making duties

B7 thorough and correct when undertaking furnishings making duties

B8 exhibits integrity, goals for excellence and manages time successfully

B9 works safely always

B10 units an instance to others, is honest, constant and dependable

B11 be pleasant and approachable in a furnishings making surroundings

B12 keen to assist and help others

B13 actively participates in discussions

B14 exhibits ambition, drive and is self-motivated


 English and Maths {qualifications}

Apprentices with out stage 2 English and maths might want to obtain this stage previous to taking the Finish-Level Evaluation.  For these with an schooling, well being and care plan or a legacy assertion, the apprenticeship’s English and maths minimal requirement is Entry Stage 3. A British Signal Language (BSL) qualification is an alternative choice to the English qualification for these whose major language is BSL. 

Extra particulars

Occupational Stage: 3
Period (months): 24


This commonplace can be reviewed after three years.

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