What could my future job look like?
Here are some examples of the tasks that you may be carrying out:
- Cabinet-maker apprentice: learn the principles of cabinet making with a range of materials. With an apprenticeship, you earn while you learn
- Wood machinist: make parts or even tools, including hand, cutting or measuring tools, to be used as part of the furniture making process
- Upholsterer: reupholster existing furniture covers or create new ones according to specification for pieces of furniture including sofas and chairs
- CAD designer: using computer aided design packages, you will interpret a brief and transform it into digital drawings and designs
- Furniture designer: design furniture pieces that are aesthetically pleasing, useful and comfortable, from home furnishings to office furniture and much more
The furniture industry
The furniture and furnishings manufacturing industry is a substantial growth industry for the UK.
According to 2017 Government statistics, 8,489 UK furniture manufacturing companies contributed £8.76 billion to the country’s GDP and employed over 120,000 people.
A wide range of furniture manufacturers visit Rycotewood Furniture Centre every year. Live design briefs with the likes of Ercol, William Hands and the American Hardwood Export Council give our students unique opportunities to gain feedback from industry professionals.
Our annual Employers’ Day sees representatives from over thirty manufacturers come to City of Oxford College to talk about the wealth of career opportunitities available within furniture.
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Our extensive network of partnerships will help you develop invaluable skills and experience.
We work with many furniture manufacturers, including live design briefs with Ercol and William Hands, so you have an opportunity to get feedback from the professionals on your work.
Our annual employers' day and end-of-year exhibition are also excellent opportunities to network with potential employers.