Furniture Making NVQ Levels 1 and 2

Norfolk Training Services
In Norwich

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Important information

Typology NVQ
Location Norwich
  • NVQ
  • Norwich

Where and when
Starts Location
On request
Harford Centre Hall Road, NR4 6DG, Norfolk, England
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Starts On request
Harford Centre Hall Road, NR4 6DG, Norfolk, England
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Course programme

Wood occupations is a local skills sector shortage area which, if not invested in, will decline, as employers will find it increasingly difficult to source employees with the right skills to carry out the roles required.

Investing now in the training of young people in this important vocational area is imperative, especially as standards on building sites are becoming more rigorous every day and fully-trained and qualified personnel have become a necessity.

There are many job roles in the furniture making industry, ranging from small companies making bespoke furniture, using traditional hand-finished methods, to larger companies mass producing furniture. Past trainees have worked in areas such as boat yards, furniture restoring and shop fitting environments.

NVQ Level 1

For individuals whose role involves:

  • Working safely in an engineering environment
  • Developing yourself and working with people on engineering activities
  • Making components from wood-based materials
  • Finishing surfaces by applying coatings or treatments

NVQ Level 2

For routine, non-complex tasks, with some supervision. Once you have completed your training and gained your qualification, you could progress to a supervisor or manager or become self employed and even start your own business.

Candidates must achieve both mandatory units and three or more optional units. These must be either one unit from Group A (which must be different from any units taken at Level 1) and two units from Group B or three units from Group B.

Mandatory units:

  • Ensure your own actions reduce risks to health and safety in the workplace
  • Work effectively in a commercial environment

Optional Group A units:

  • Supporting manufacturing operations in furniture/furnishing and interiors industry
  • Maintain tools used in furniture making
  • Prepare resources for use in making hand-crafted furniture
  • Strip down items of furniture

Optional Group B units:

  • Prepare to make furniture assemblies
  • Make furniture assemblies
  • Produce sheet veneers
  • Lay production veneers
  • Attach fittings to production furniture
  • Prepare to apply finishing processes to production furniture
  • Apply finishing processes to production furniture
  • Operate computer controlled furniture production plant
  • Assist with the operation furniture production machinery
  • Prepare to upholster standard items of modern furniture
  • Upholster standard items of modern furniture
  • Prepare fabrics and components for use in soft furnishings and/or upholstery
  • Cut fabrics and components for use in soft furnishings and/or upholstery
  • Produce simple seamed components by hand and machine
  • Produce standard window treatments
  • Produce workshop equipment
  • Make wooded components of hand-crafted furniture
  • Cut and assemble veneers
  • Lay veneers by hand and press methods
  • Apply stains, sealers and primers to hand-crafted furniture
  • Prepare hand-crafted furniture for finishing
  • Prepare location for assembly and placement of furniture
  • Re-instate a location after assembly and placement of furniture
  • Mattress assembly and tufting
  • Mattress quilting operations
  • Develop customer relationships
  • Collect information to support furniture restoration and repair commissions
  • Produce timber and timber-based products
  • Construct upholstery foundations
  • Produce complex seamed components

In order to achieve an Apprenticeship, Key Skills (Communication and Application of Level 1, plus one of the following at Level 1: Information Technology, Working With Others, Problem Solving or Improving Own Learning and Performance) and a Technical Certificate (Certificate in Furniture Production Level 2) are required to be added to this NVQ.

This qualification is very flexible in its structure, enabling the organisation and individual to choose the optional units which best suit their work and job role. Though all units need to be achieved to gain the NVQ, each unit is a ‘mini qualification’ and can be separately accredited.

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