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Apprenticeship training course

New furniture product developer (level 3)

Developing new and improved furniture products such as domestic and office furniture.

Qualification level
Equivalent to A level.
Typical duration
24 months
Apprenticeship category
Engineering and manufacturing
Maximum funding
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
Also known as
  • Design technician
  • Furniture design technician
  • Furniture designer
  • New furniture product developer
  • Product designer
  • Product developer
Skills an apprentice will learn
  • Work safely at all times, wearing appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) and completing health and safety records and reports
  • Plan, organise and manage furniture design projects to successful completion
  • Maintain furniture design records
  • Create suitable furniture designs and concepts for furniture to be manufactured
  • Apply furniture industry specific regulations, legislation and standards, covering COSHH, British Standards, European and American test standards, Conformité Européenne (CE) Marks, Intellectual Property, ergonomics and renewable practices to designs as appropriate
  • Create furniture designs for assembly / manufacturing capability including the use of computer aided design (CAD), 3D modelling and surfacing
  • Select appropriate furniture materials, products and components for the furniture designs to meet customer requirements
  • Investigate new and existing furniture products and materials and record findings of investigations
  • Develop new furniture products and improve furniture existing products that meet customers’ needs more effectively
  • Prove and test new and improved furniture products internally and externally
  • Collaborate with marketing, technical, suppliers and manufacturing specialists
  • Arrange and coordinate test build programmes for value engineering of product and componentry
  • Choose furniture manufacturing methods, processes and techniques to suit customer requirements
  • Develop furniture specifications for products to be manufactured
  • Produce 2D and 3D furniture drawings, prototypes, models, mock-ups, artwork, samples or test pieces to industry standards
  • Present furniture designs to customers (internal/external)
  • Produce visuals that demonstrates how furniture designs meets the strength, aesthetics, cost and other relevant requirements of the brief"
  • Collate comprehensive costing information such as a Bill of Materials
  • Apply effective communication techniques at all levels including written and verbal communication skills
  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships

Full information on New furniture product developer (level 3) is available from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

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