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National Craft Certificate Apprenticeship in Wood Manufacturing & Finishing


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, for example tables, chairs, doors and stairs.


Wood Manufacturer and Finishers applies many skills in the manufacture and finishing of products. They will work with a variety of specialised hand and power tools and require knowledge of setting out, production and assembly of furniture and construction components. The ability to interpret and set out designs form drawings is essential.

Knowledge of CAD/CAM (Computer Aided Design and Computer Aided Manufacturing) software for CNC (Computer Numerical Control) programming is a core skill. The WMF apprentice will be required to performing craft calculations and selecting materials to meet design requirements and plan and organising work schedules while liaising with other professions and clients 

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.

Apprenticeship Training Programme:

DIT deliver the advanced off block phases of the apprenticeship at 4 and 6 which involve:

Phase 4: Delivered in DIT (10 weeks)

 Course Content:

  • CNC programming and manufacture
  • Construction products
  • Furniture products

Phase 6: Delivered in DIT (10 weeks)

 Course Content:

  • Furniture technology
  • Stair construction
  • CNC and Machine Technology
  • Construction products

Personal Qualities

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 effectively 
  • 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