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.


A group of seven Whitemeadow Apprentices have just completed their Level 2 Furniture Manufacturer – Modern Upholsterer Apprenticeship EPA with Achieve+Partners. Three of the apprentices achieved full marks in their observations and five of the apprentices achieved an overall Distinction. We hope they are very proud of what they have achieved. The apprenticeships were delivered with Webs Training.

Mandy Harper, Apprenticeship Programme Manager at Whitemeadow said “Some of the highest grades ever to be achieved by these fantastic lot! Feeling super proud of Callum Britton, Tammy Burton, Elizabeth Buxton, Georgina Lappage, Stacey Varley, Tara Graney and Kimberley Carter. Top marks once again as Phase 3 apprentices complete their Modern Upholsterer Apprenticeship. All passed with results to be proud of! 15 months of hard work, determination, commitment and discipline has paid off!”

James Davies from The Senator Group has recently completed his Level 2 Furniture Finisher Apprenticeship, gaining a fantastic 3 Distinctions and a Pass with Achieve+Partners.

“James has worked really hard throughout the lockdown, and still completed his Apprenticeship on time. I would like to wish him all the best with his career at The Senator Group, and very well done.” – Russell Large, North Lancs Training Group Furniture Apprenticeship Manager

Well done James from everyone at Achieve+Partners

Joe Cordingley an apprentice cabinet maker at my fathers heart is celebrating after achieving a distinction in his Level 2 Furniture Manufacturer apprenticeship with Achieve+Partners.

Joe who is now a full time employee studied his apprenticeship with The North Lancs Training Group.

Joe really appreciated developing his skills alongside some of the country’s best cabinet makers. Joe said

‘Being around experienced craftsmen every day has helped me achieve a high standard of work. Over the time I’ve been at my fathers heart, I’ve picked up loads of techniques from the team that have improved my workflow and overall understanding. I’m glad to be at my fathers heart where I am constantly encouraged to reach perfection.’

Jonathan Coulthard, my fathers heart owner, commented

‘Joe, we’re very proud of you. That’s a fantastic effort. Well done!’

Alex Tu

Crafting his future  

Alex Tu is a furniture manufacturing apprentice at Benchmark Furniture in Kintbury, Berkshire. 

What makes Alex’s apprenticeship so unique is that on completing his qualification, he will gain both a Level 2 and Level 3 apprenticeship in furniture making. 

His apprenticeship combines a full-time role with block-release training at renowned centre of excellence, Rycotewood Furniture Centre, based at the City of Oxford College’s city centre campus. 

“I enjoy making stuff,” Alex said. “I started enjoying woodwork during my GCSEs because I did a BTEC in construction. Then I went onto A Levels, including product design. I was also able to do GCSE Resistant Materials at the same time.  

“I didn’t want to go to university after school as I didn’t like the studying aspect.”

Alex found out about the apprenticeship at Benchmark Furniture when two apprentices came in and did a presentation at his school. 

“I really enjoyed hearing about their experience. I applied to do the apprenticeship, did a week’s work experience with Benchmark Furniture, got interviewed and got it! So, it’s not like I was looking for it, but the opportunity arose, and I took it, and it was a good one! 

“I was inspired to pursue a career in furniture making by my construction, product design and resistant materials teachers. 

My product design teacher, Mrs Hayes encouraged me to apply for the apprenticeship. When the two apprentices from Benchmark came in, she said, ‘I think that this is a good opportunity for you Alex, you should follow it through and go for it’.”  

Alex completed his EPA for the Level 2 Furniture Manufacturer apprenticeship with Achieve+Partners achieving a Distinction grade.

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