The British Woodworking Federation Group

Woodworking and Joinery Apprenticeships

At the BWF we believe that apprenticeships are the stepping-stone to a rewarding and successful career in the woodworking and joinery manufacture industry. We work closely with our members, education partners and other stakeholders to maintain and develop apprenticeship standards to ensure that they remain 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.

To help showcase the many opportunities that apprenticeships can bring, we have a number of case studies where apprentices, in their own words, share their experiences.

Bailey Donkin

Since he decided to undertake a woodworking apprenticeship, Bailey Donkin of Middlesbrough-based firm ERW Joinery, has won a national industry award and developed the skills and expertise that have set him on his way to a long and successful career in the woodworking and joinery manufacturing industry.

Bailey Donkin
William Wragg

Nearly two years ago, William Wragg took the plunge and left sixth form to begin an apprenticeship at joinery firm Tom Pearson & Sons. Since then he has developed essential skills and a passion for woodworking that has put him on track for a rewarding and successful career.

William Wragg
Indira Esser-Dunbar

As a highly-talented product design student at school, Indira Esser-Dunbar faced a major decision: study at a top university or take an apprenticeship related to the woodworking and joinery industry where she wanted to forge a career, and develop her skills on the job.

Indira Esser-Dunbar
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