Wood and furniture sector

OAL in the wood and furniture sector

UK furniture, bed and furnishings manufacturing is a substantial growth industry for the UK. The industry has a high proportion of micro and small to medium size businesses. UK furniture, bed and furnishings manufacturing is a substantial industry. According to 2018 Government statistics its 8,707 companies contribute £12.2 billion to the country’s GDP (3.1% up on previous years), £9.01 billion of this is from UK furniture manufacturing, which equates to 1.6% of manufacturing output. Over 339,000 jobs are dependent on the success of the industry, with 123,000 in manufacturing alone equating to 3.6% of all UK manufacturing personnel.

At OAL we offer a range of furniture and wood qualifications which have been developed with industry experts and End Point Assessment of apprenticeship programmes for General Furniture Manufacturing, Modern Upholstery, Bed Manufacturing Foam Convertor, Furniture Finisher, Fitted Furniture, Wood Machinery, Furniture Restorer, CNC Specialists, Fitted Furniture Design, and Modern Furniture Service Repairer.

“OAL have demonstrated a real commitment to our industry and are committed to do so in the future. They have industry expertise, offer great support and are well respected as both an awarding and end point assessment organisation. We have no hesitation in recommending them wholeheartedly”

Nick Garratt, British Furniture Manufacturers

Wood & Furniture EPA

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Furniture manufacturer

Furniture qualifications

From standalone qualifications for those wanting to enter the industry, to NVQs for those who need to gain their CSCS cards along with a full portfolio of qualifications to support furniture manufacturer apprenticeships, we really do have everything.

Bed making level 2
Finishing furniture level 2
Fitted furniture installation level 2
Fitted furniture installation level 3
Foam conversion and upholstery cushion interior manufacturer level 2
Furniture and wood processing level 3
Furniture and wood processing technician (CNC machining) level 3
Furniture CNC technician level 2
Furniture design and making level 3
Furniture making level 2
Furniture occupations level 1
Furniture restoration level 2
Furnishings mattress making level 3
Furnishings modern upholstery level 3
Modern furniture service repair level 2
Modern upholstery level 2
Solid surfaces level 2
Understanding the furniture, furnishings and interior industry level 2
Wood machining level 2
Wood machining level 3

Wood qualifications

We have a broad range of wood industry qualifications – from decking and cladding to timber treatment and wood products manufacture. These are complemented by a bank of cross sector qualifications which cover retail, shopfitting and trade business services.

Engineered wood level 2
Engineered wood level 3
Furniture and wood processing level 3
Furniture and wood processing technician (CNC machining) level 3
Furniture CNC technician level 2
Installing timber decking and cladding level 2
Timber and panel products level 2
Timber treatment level 2
Wood machining level 3
Wood machining CNC machines level 3
Wood products manufacturing level 2

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