Young Furniture Makers exhibition

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FEATURED VOICES

Find out what a role in the UK furniture and furnishing industry can offer you by reading the inspirational stories and achievements of people who are successfully forging careers in the sector.

Tom's Furniture Course

Videos

“It’s a really rewarding industry, and I am enjoying being my own boss’’

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Tab's Furniture Apprenticeship

Videos

“My apprenticeship gave me confidence to create cherished pieces for someone’s home.”

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Philippa's career change

Videos

“Life’s too short to do a job that you don’t enjoy. For the first time I feel like I’m in the right place.”

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Wake Up to a Career in Beds

Videos

The bed industry in the UK and Ireland is thriving. From apprenticeships to upskilling in your current role. Watch this video by the National Bed Federation to find out more.

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Gemma’s Purchasing Career

Case Studies

“I am very lucky to say I love my job."

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Mia's Manufacturing Apprenticeship

Case Studies

“It’s a big achievement to make something from start to finish”

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Jordan’s Upholstery Career

Case Studies

“When I started working in upholstery, it felt right"

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Jonah's Project Management Career

Case Studies

"Be open-minded when choosing your career path."

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Hannah’s Kitchen Sales Design Career

Case Studies

"I absolutely love being a designer"

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Anu's Interior Design Career

Case Studies

“Each day is different!”

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Harvey’s Design Career

Case Studies

"I feel very grateful to have a job doing what I love."

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Find your place

Articles

‘’The industry needs new and emerging talent like you’’

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Your Career Path

Articles

Your unique talents and interests could lead you to making functional pieces, design, manufacturing, marketing, sales, and more.

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Vocational education

Articles

“The vocational route is evolving and becoming more popular and relevant to students and employers”

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Sustainability Matters

Articles

"If you care about the environment and tackling the climate crisis, then you’ll find plenty of companies out there you’ll feel happy working for."

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Jay Blades

Ambassadors

Jay Blades, MBE - Furniture restorer and television presenter

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Lauren Wood

Ambassadors

Lauren Wood, Furniture Designer Maker and winner of Britain's Best Woodworker 2022

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Hattie Speed

Ambassadors

Hattie Speed, Creator of This Girl Makes, Self-employed designer-maker and Occupational Therapy Technical Instructor

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