IFA approve apprenticeship standards


The next stage in providing a clear path into the kitchen industry is taking shape. Following a successful submission last November by FIESTA, (Furniture Industry Education and Skills Training Alliance) the IFA (Institute for Apprenticeships) has approved the new Level 3 apprenticeship standards for the Fitted Furniture Design Technician

This is an important step towards a professional pathway into the kitchen industry, it is a recognised qualification and sits just under the Level 4 & 5 FDA Foundation Degree in Kitchen Design which currently exists.

Chairman of TKET (The Kitchen Education Trust), Craig Matson said, “To get to this point has taken a lot of time & effort and special thanks should go to the Furniture Makers Company for the financial support they have given towards getting approval of this apprenticeship along with a number of others for the furniture industry. One of the next steps is to develop the existing Foundation Degree in Kitchen Design as an apprenticeship degree, a survey being circulated to establish the kitchen industry’s appetite for developing the higher education options should be completed by as many companies as possible, if they believe in developing a professional pathway into the industry”

To ensure this seamless path from the end of secondary education, through apprenticeships, to a foundation degree and beyond, FIESTA is driving an initiative to make schools aware of the opportunities for school leavers. The trial beginning in March 2019 involves inviting schools to visit manufacturers, with the aim of rolling the scheme out in subsequent years. More information about the trial is available here; https://www.fiestalearning.com/fiesta-schools-week-4-8-march-2019/

Higher Education Apprenticeships for the kitchen Industry

Feedback from the kitchen industry is needed via a survey developed by FIESTA on behalf of trade associations from across the UK furniture and interiors industries. The industry is looking at the demand to develop higher education apprenticeships for the furniture industry following the success of the Level 2 and Level 3 apprenticeships that have recently been developed.

Higher education apprenticeships are available at levels 4 to 7 which include foundation and degree level apprenticeships. They combine work with study and may include a work-based, academic or combined qualification relevant to the industry. Typically, higher apprentices study part-time at college, university or with a training provider.

Companies are urged to complete the following survey, which should take less than 5 minutes, so that demand for any future developments can be established: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/2N89D2M

The survey will close on 28th February 2019.

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