Posted 5th Aug 2019

FIESTA puts out ‘urgent’ appeal to furniture manufacturers

5th August 2019 - 10:41am
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The Furniture and Interiors Education, Skills and Training Alliance – FIESTA – has put out an “urgent” appeal to UK furniture manufacturers to “financially support vital work needed to renew the Level 2 Furniture Manufacturer Apprenticeship Standard”.

According to FIESTA, the apprenticeship standard is at risk. The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education – IFATE – has said that the current Furniture Manufacturer standard must be reviewed before the end of 2019 as it does not meet its new guidelines.

“This means that the existing single standard with pathways must be replaced by separate standards for each specialist occupation if government funded skills training is to be maintained,” FIESTA said.

The organisation is proposing to “rationalise the current standard, phasing out five pathways and creating four new Level 2 furniture standards that will meet the new criteria laid down by IFATE”, namely Fitted Furniture Installer, Furniture Manufacturer, Modern Upholsterer and Wood Machinist.

FIESTA said the approximate cost of creating the original standard was around £90,000, but the cost of deriving four new standards is £5,000 each. The organisation is calling on manufacturers to contribute towards the cost, asking for a minimum of £250 from manufacturers.

“This represents a significant allocation of resource and FIESTA is asking for industry support to make sure that these new standards can be developed before the deadline at the end of 2019,” said FIESTA chairman Gary Baker.

“The occupations of fitted furniture installers, cabinet makers, modern upholsterers and wood machinists will be impacted most without a replacement, because employers will no longer have access to funded apprenticeship training, which would inevitably increase the skills gap in the furniture sector.”

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