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Silentnight marks National Apprenticeship Week with ten new vacancies

By | March 3rd, 2017|Apprenticeship, Furniture|

The UK’s leading bed manufacturer, Silentnight has announced plans to take on ten new apprentices in 2017 to mark National Apprenticeship Week (6th-10th March). The award-winning scheme, now in its sixth year, will see the newly announced intake join the business in July this year. The Lancashire-based bed maker will bring the apprentices into [...]

The Furniture Makers – Bridging the Gap Conference

By | February 14th, 2017|Approved Centres, Food & Drink, Press Release, Qualifications|

The Furniture Makers’ Company, the furnishing industry’s charity, is organising a one-day conference to inform the UK furnishing industry about the implications of the forthcoming Apprenticeship Levy and wider educational issues affecting the sector. The ‘Bridging the Gap’ conference is taking place at Furniture Makers’ Hall, London on Thursday 18 May 2017. The Apprenticeship [...]

Our Commitment to the Food & Drink Industry

By | January 13th, 2017|Approved Centres, Food & Drink, Press Release, Qualifications|

From Amanda Clark, Chief Executive At OAL we have been building our team and infrastructure to ensure that we meet the rapidly changing and demanding needs of industry. We have made some important and exciting appointments to further strengthen the team and look forward to announcing those in the coming months. Our commitment to the [...]

Improved Safety Advice Needed for Apprenticeship Employers

By | December 14th, 2016|Approved Centres, Health and Safety|

A recent report from RoSPA has found that better advice and information is needed for employers to ensure the health and safety of their apprentices. An inquiry into the health and safety arrangements for apprentices, by RoSPA’s National Occupational Safety and Health Committee (NOSHC), found a dearth of safety information for companies due to a [...]

Consultation to develop Level 3 Furniture Apprenticeship Standard – Your support is needed

By | December 7th, 2016|Approved Centres, Furniture|

The Employer Trailblazer Group led by Senator International has made a submission to Government to develop a new Level 3 Furniture Apprenticeship Standard.  We now need your support to enable us to continue with this development. Pledging your support is easy, please click on the link below and complete the short online survey: https://consult.education.gov.uk/apprenticeships/eoinov2016/ The [...]

OAL Christmas & New Year Message

By | November 25th, 2016|Approved Centres, Press Release|

Occupational Awards wishes everyone a very Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year. OAL's offices will be closed from 5pm on 20th December 2016 and will re-open at 8.30am on 3rd January 2017 Any certification claims that need to be processed prior to the closure must be submitted by 12pm on the 19th December 2016. [...]

Customer Satisfaction Survey 2016

By | October 31st, 2016|Approved Centres, Press Release|

The results are in! Summary Every year we carry out a centre customer survey to assist us in keeping our standards high and fulfilling our centres expectations. We are delighted with the results which are displayed below. Thanks to all who participated in this important survey. 100% rated OAL’s customer service as excellent 100% strongly [...]

Apprenticeship Funding

By | October 26th, 2016|Approved Centres, Food & Drink, Furniture, Press Release, Wood|

From May 2017, the way apprenticeships are funded is changing.  Government have now set out how it will work. The apprenticeship reforms will support an increase in the quality and quantity of apprenticeships so that more individuals have the chance to pursue a successful career – whether this is their first step on the employment [...]

Furniture Manufacturer Apprenticeship Standard and Assessment Plan Gets Ministerial Approval

By | September 14th, 2016|Uncategorised|

We are pleased to announce that the new Furniture Manufacturer Apprenticeship Standard and Assessment Plan which has been developed by employers has been approved and is available for delivery.  The standard includes the following occupations: General Furniture Manufacturer Bed Manufacturer Modern Upholsterer Furniture Finisher Fitted Furniture Installer Furniture Restorer Modern Furniture Service Repairer Foam Convertor [...]

OAL Launches New Furniture Industry Qualifications

By | August 12th, 2016|Furniture, Press Release, Qualifications|

Pictured: Jon Nuttall at My Fathers Heart Occupational Awards has been working closely with the furniture industry to develop a suite of new qualifications at Level 2. These qualifications cover a range of occupations within the industry, including for the first time Bed Making, Modern Furniture Service Repair and Foam Conversion and Upholstery Cushion Interior [...]