From a furniture production operative to a furniture designer or production director, explore where a career pathway in furniture could take you.

Choose a career pathway in furniture

Our furniture programmes are taught at the prestigious Rycotewood Furniture Centre in Oxford. 

Choose a career pathway in furniture and you will develop transferable skills, leading to careers in:

  • Furniture design and making
  • Kitchen design and installation
  • Film and theatre set design and making
  • Interior design and product design
  • Research and development
  • Teaching

We provide specialist facilities, support from industry experienced teachers and experience of industry through our large network of industry partners - including furniture manufacturers and designers. 

What is a career pathway?

A career pathway is a series of building blocks that will take you to your future career. Our career pathway maps will show you the best routes through college, higher education and employment and into the most popular industry sectors.

Our aim is to offer every learner a direct line of sight to employment. This means that we will equip you with the skills, attributes and knowledge that future employers want, giving you a greater chance to succeed.

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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. 


Our aim is to equip you to be successful in the job market,

whether you are heading for a job straight after your time at

college, plan to take a university-level programme first or are

already working in a part-time job.

Industry partnerships

Our extensive network or 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.