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Furniture and Furnishings Apprenticeship (Intermediate Level 2) at Blackburn College

Course description

Furniture, Furnishings and Fitted Interiors Apprenticeships provides learners with knowledge and skills needed to undertake key technical and practical roles in the Furniture, Furnishing and Fitted Interiors industry. Areas include furniture making, furniture restoration, upholstery and soft furnishing.

Level 2 is ideal if you have 1-2 years' experience working in the furniture industry or are doing an apprenticeship and looking to increase your skills and take on more responsibility.

Course content

  • Measuring, cutting and sewing fabrics
  • Use of hand and power tools
  • Using Machinery
  • Adding padding and soft covers to furniture
  • Covering and recovering items.

Entry requirements

There are no specific entry requirements to study an Apprenticeship at Blackburn College. You will have an initial assessment when you come in for an interview, and this will show the level of English and maths qualifications, known as functional skills, that you will study alongside your apprenticeship.

Blackburn College will work with applicants to help find a suitable employer where possible. However we always advise anyone looking to undertake an apprenticeship to be actively seeking employment for themselves too.


You will be assessed in one or more of the following ways:

  • Practical demonstration/assignment
  • Practical examination
  • Written examination
  • Course work
  • Exams
  • Oral questioning
  • Portfolio of evidence

Future opportunities

As an intermediate level apprentice you could work as a cabinet or furniture maker, where you would produce and assemble component pieces of furniture items including:

  • tables
  • chairs
  • cabinets
  • chests of drawers
  • lounge suites
  • office furniture
  • kitchen cupboards

Or you could work as a soft furnisher, measuring, cutting, and sewing of fabrics to customer or company requirements usually in a workshop.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Blackburn College directly.

Last updated date: 12 February 2016
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