Posted 18th January

IFA approves new apprenticeship standard

18th January 2019 - 13:32pm
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The Institute for Apprenticeships – IFA – has approved a new Level 3 apprenticeship standard for fitted furniture design technicians following a successful submission by the Furniture Industry Education and Skills Training Alliance – FIESTA – last year.

According to The Kitchen Education Trust – TKET – which put forward its views on behalf of the kitchen industry to FIESTA, the approval marks an “important step towards a professional pathway into the kitchen industry”. The newly recognised qualification sits just under the Level 4 and Level 5 FDA foundation degree in kitchen design.

The Furniture Makers’ Company and British Furniture Manufacturers Association – BFM – has developed a survey on behalf of trade associations across the UK furniture and interiors industries to garner feedback from the kitchen industry. The survey is designed to explore the industry’s appetite for developing higher education options.

“To get to this point has taken a lot of time and effort and special thanks should go to the Furniture Makers’ Company for the financial support they have given towards getting approval of this apprenticeship along with a number of others for the furniture industry,” said TKET chairman Craig Matson.

“One of the next steps is to develop the existing foundation degree in kitchen design as an apprenticeship degree; a survey being circulated to establish the kitchen industry’s appetite for developing the higher education options should be completed by as many companies as possible, if they believe in developing a professional pathway into the industry.”

Take the survey:
(Closes 28th February 2019)

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