Furniture and Interiors Skills Plus

Furniture and Interiors Skills Plus (Skills Plus) is a FIESTA led initiative set up in partnership with the Apprenticeship Management Group that enables employers to attract, recruit and develop the skills of the next generation.

At the heart Skills Plus is an Approved Apprenticeship Training Agency (ATA) who can recruit and employ apprentices on behalf of employers. They act as a management service for employers. Services include levy management, recruitment of apprentices that are placed with the employer, connections with training providers and employment of apprentices on the employer’s behalf.

They are approved and monitored by the Education and Skills Funding Agency.

Our partnership

Skills Plus and Achieve+Partners are working together to support providers and employers in taking up apprenticeships across our industry.

Additionally, Achieve+Partners is the appointed end-point assessment organisation for apprentices registered with Skills Plus.

Support for employers

Levy management service

This service is aimed at larger levy paying companies (annual payrolls of £3m plus) that directly employ one or more apprentices. While Levy-paying employers can contract directly with a training provider, for some the demands and responsibility on the employer are hard to manage internally. The Skills Plus service takes over these responsibilities to allow businesses to focus on their core business.

Service for non-levy paying employers

With an Apprenticeship Training Agency (ATA) at its core, Skills Plus enables non-levy paying employers (annual payrolls of £3m or less) to access a much wider selection of funded skills training, some of which will not normally be accessible to them. It provides independent advice and guidance on the best available training provision though its training partners.

Want to find out more? Or maybe become a training partner?

Download the Skills+ overview

Contact Skills Plus on 0800 644 6447 or email Carmen Daley, Operations Manager for FIESTA at:

We are delighted that we’ll be working closely with Achieve+Partners in the delivery, promotion and development of the Fitted Furniture Apprenticeship.

Damian Walters

Chief Executive, BIKBBI

We are fully committed to working with Achieve+Partners on the Level 3 apprenticeship Fitted Furniture Technician.

Craig Matson


Our partnership with Achieve+Partners will help us to further unite the sector and provide education and training solutions to really meet the ever-evolving needs of the employers and continue to attract much needed talent to the industry.

Gary Baker


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