Bespoke furniture making apprenticeship N E J STEVENSON LTD

N.E.J. Stevenson Ltd is a world renowned designer and manufacturer of bespoke furniture and architectural joinery. You will be trained by skilled craftspeople gaining a knowledge of machining, cabinetmaking and polishing. On successful completion of the course and attaining the standard required you will be offered a position at the company.

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Closing date: 30 Jun 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Second year will be a minimum of the standard National Minimum wage plus enhancements for performance and achievement where applicable.

    Wages explained

    Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that's part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

    Minimum Wage Rates

  • Working week

    Monday - Friday usually between 9.00am - 5.00pm weekdays, overtime as agreed. One 15 minute paid morning break and one 30 minute lunch break unpaid.

    Total hours per week: 40.0

  • Expected duration

    24 Months

  • Possible start date

    02 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    11 Apr 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    3 available

What you will do in your working day

  • You will undertake extended periods within each department learning to select timber and veneers
  • You will become competent using basic machinery and power tools as well as learning construction techniques and manual skills
  • You will learn the importance of accuracy, attention to detail and the importance of thorough preparation prior to the finishing process
  • You will learn how to mix stains and apply primers and topcoat spray lacquers

The training you will be getting

You will gain a Level 2 NVQ in furniture making which will be achieved by on the job training and 10 weeks block release at Rycotewood College in Oxford. By the end of the training period you should be compenetent in basic machining and entry level cabinetmaking.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

On successful completion of your apprenticeship, and in discussion with the Production Director, you will be offered a role in-keeping with your level of ability this will usually be as an entry-level role but could be as a cabinetmaker, machinist or polisher. As you become more skilled you can progress to being a Lead craftsman with the possibility of taking on skilled supervisory roles or moving into a specialist skills position such as a CNC operator or draughtsman.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Problem solving skills, Number skills, Logical, Team working, Initiative, Physical fitness


GCSE or equivalent Design Technology (Grade 6) Desired
GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 6) Desired
GCSE or equivalent Math (Grade 6) Desired

Things to consider

It would be an advantage if you have an existing interest in woodworking and design.

About the employer

N.E.J. Stevenson Cabinetmakers was formed in 1984 and is one of the countries leading bespoke furnituremakers working in historic buildings and luxury private homes. The company was granted a Royal Warrant in 2003 as Cabinetmakers to Her Majesty the Queen.







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Neil Stevenson


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Adjustments for experience

You could reduce your training time, or finish your apprenticeship faster, if you have relevant prior learning or experience. This could be relevant:

  • training
  • qualifications, like an NVQ in a relevant field
  • industry or sector experience

Apprenticeship standard

Furniture manufacturer

Level 2 (GCSE)

Demonstrating experience

If your application is successful, you will have a chance to discuss your relevant prior learning or experience with your training provider and employer. You will all need to agree any adjustments to your training plan.

You should be prepared to show your competence, and evidence of relevant qualifications

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