B115 National Craft Certificate Apprenticeship in Wood Manufacturing & Finishing

What is a Wood Manufacturer and Finisher?

The Wood Manufacturer and Finisher cuts, shapes and joins wood and wood based products using wood working machines, power tools and hand tools to manufacture furniture and construction components, e.g. tables, chairs, doors and stairs.

Wood Manufacturer and Finishers require many skills including:  ‌‌‌

  • Working with a variety of specialised hand and power tools
  • Knowledge of setting out, production and assembly of furniture and construction components
  • Knowledge of a CAD/CAM (Computer Aided Design and Computer Aided Manufaturing) software for CNC (Computer Numerical Control) programming
  • Performing craft calculations and selecting materials to meet design requirements
  • Interpreting technical drawings and specifi cations
  • Planning and organising work schedules
  • Liaising with other professions and clients
  • Performing routine maintenance and repairs on machines


‌The environment is often noisy and involves the use of equipment and machinery so due care and adherence to Health and Safety regulations is mandatory.

Personal Qualities and Skills

As a Wood Manufacturer and Finisher you will need to be physically active and to be able to work with your hands. An awareness of health and safety and good housekeeping is essential as well as attention to detail and an eye for the aesthetic.

The Wood Manufacturer and Finisher must have the ability to:

  • Plan and organise
  • Communicate eff ectively
  • Solve problems
  • Work independently and as part of a team
  • Show a positive attitude
  • Recognise the need for good customer relations
  • Demonstrate good work practices including time keeping, tidiness, responsibility, quality awareness and safety awareness


How to become an Apprentice

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