Train to be a Wood Machinist creating solid wood products for a wide range of world-class furniture. You will be using the latest CNC machinery and processes, as well as traditional machinery and techniques. Jig making and proving out of new products will be incorporated into the training.

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Closing date: 31 May 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    £13,000 per annum at age 16, increasing every 6 months to £22,000 per annum at age 19.

  • Working week

    5 days per week, at age 16 - 07:30 to 16:00 At age 18 - move to flexible working pattern, 07:00 to 16:00, at age 16 - 37 at age 18 - average of 39 hours per week.

    Total hours per week: 40

  • Expected duration

    24 Months

  • Possible start date

    26 Jun 2023

  • Date posted

    14 Dec 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    3 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

• The successful apprentices will be fully trained in manufacturing wooden components using both traditional and CNC machinery.
• The apprentice will be able to assess the safest, and most efficient, method of production.
• The apprentice will learn to work individually and as part of a team.
• Accuracy and pride of work is a major factor in this role
Reporting of performance and improvement actions using the approved process.
• Interacting with peers and managers to resolve issues and drive improvements

What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?

Qualifications included:

  • Advanced Furniture CNC Machinist Apprenticeship Standard.
  • Company Training Plan & Assessment.
  • Level 3 Development Competence Diploma in CNC Machining.
  • Level 2 Functional Skills - Maths (If required)
  • Level 2 Functional Skills - English (If required)
  • End Point Assessment at the end of the apprenticeship.

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

  • All of ercol's current Factory Managers started as an ercol apprentice. The apprenticeship could develop into offline programming and new product development.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Number skills, Logical, Team working, Initiative


GCSE or equivalent Maths & English (Grade C - A* (4-9)) Essential

Things to consider

To be able to travel to and from Princes Risborough . The train station and bus stops are a 15-minute walk from the factory.

About the employer

Ercol Furniture is a leading UK furniture brand supplying high quality interior furniture to the UK and international markets. It employs over 100 people and has a purpose-built manufacturing site in Buckinghamshire where it produces high quality, solid wood products. The company has been designing and manufacturing furniture since 1920 and has seen many changes during this time. Ercol have invested in state-of-the-art machinery and manufacturing process to complement their traditional methods, to ensure a strong base for the next 100 years. These apprenticeships offer great opportunities for people to be part of the future development of the business, and to help drive the business, and their careers forward into the future




Summerleys Road

Prices Risborough


HP27 9PX

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Training provider



Sally Parr

07879 128768

Apprenticeship standard

Advanced furniture CNC technician

Level 3 (A level)

Employer's Application Instructions

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This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

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Closing date: 31 May 2023