The British Woodworking Federation Group
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Carve a Career in Woodworking

Depending on your current level of study – GCSE’s, A-Levels or university graduate – there are a wide range of exciting and rewarding career options available to you.

Apprenticeships are the main way of getting into the woodworking and joinery manufacturing industry. At the BWF we work closely with our members, education partners and other stakeholders to maintain and develop apprenticeship standards to ensure they are fit for purpose.

Why the apprenticeship route?

An apprenticeship is the ideal way to kick-start a career, offering structured training whilst also getting hands-on work experience in a mentored environment. The woodworking and joinery manufacture industry offers excellent job prospects, varied and interesting work and a multitude of progression options. 

Whether it be becoming a skilled artisan, a product designer, a skilled machine operative, a CAD designer, a senior estimator or leading construction projects, there are a range of possibilities and, if you aspire to run your own business too, we can point to many successful businesses started by an ex-apprentice.

Apprenticeships work for the employer too, with apprentices helping to introduce fresh ideas and new ways of working.

Be inspired

BWF members and their apprentices share their experiences of apprenticeships.

Kick Start Your Apprenticeship

Find out about taking your first steps on your apprenticeship journey.

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