The Kitchen Education Trust (TKET) has gained approval from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education to develop a new degree apprenticeship. Once complete, this will be supported by the Government’s apprenticeship scheme and will be available for universities to offer across England.

Employers, with the support of TKET, the KBSA and training professionals, have been working hard to write the content of this new apprenticeship and now need a wider perspective. To make sure that they meet the needs of the widest cross-section of organisations, they need the industry’s help.

The apprenticeship is aimed at designers who work in a range of environments from bespoke design retail showrooms or studios to divisions of large national retailers, client’s homes and office environments. This includes bespoke design, creative skills and related services for sophisticated kitchens, bedrooms, bathrooms, dining rooms, home offices, boats and connected living spaces, these can be multi-generational and accessible orientated designs. Work can also involve one-off commercial developments such as bespoke furniture within hotels, bars, offices, leisure, education, communal spaces and health centre projects.

You can download a copy of the proposed standard here.

If you are an employer, training provider, assessment organisation or potential apprentice, we encourage you to complete this survey before 31st October 2022. It only takes 10 minutes and it gives you the chance to influence the content of these future apprenticeships.


An exciting new T Level will train young people to create jewellery, fashion, ceramics, textiles, and furniture.

T Levels are two-year classroom-based technical study programmes, which also involve a substantial placement working with relevant employers. They are being rolled out across the economy and alongside apprenticeships and A levels, T Levels will be one of the three major options available to students aged 16 – 19.

Four specialist occupations are available to students as part of this T Level: jewellery maker, ceramics maker, furniture maker, and textiles and fashion.

The consultation is seeking the views of everyone involved with the craft and design sector on the planned content for this exciting new qualification.

Carmel Grant, Deputy director for the Institute’s T Level Implementation and Delivery team, said:

“This is an exciting opportunity for everyone who cares about craft and design to help shape future training targeted at young people. I would like to encourage as many people as possible to take part in the consultation.”

The craft and design T Level is part of the wave 4 cohort of T Levels, set to be launched in colleges and schools from September 2023.

The consultation is focused on the draft outline content for the T Level designed by our panel of industry experts.

It will close on Friday 15 January and the feedback received will help the Institute determine where more work needs to be done to meet the skills need of the sector.

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