Apprentice Kitchen Sales Designer


Milton Keynes, MK15 8HF

Closes in 2 days (Tuesday 23 July)

Posted on 1 July 2024


The successful candidate will develop their knowledge, skills and behaviours to plan, design and sell the full range of Howdens Joinery products, using computer aided design (CAD). The successful candidate should also keep in mind safety and practicality, with the objective of achieving and exceeding depot and company sales and growth targets.

Annual wage
£15,000 a year

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The pay may be negotiated and may rise after a probation period has been successfully completed.

Training course
Fitted furniture design technician (level 3)
Days and shifts are to be confirmed.

40 hours a week

Possible start date

Monday 12 August


1 Year 6 Months

Positions available



As an apprentice, you’ll work at a company and get hands-on experience. You’ll gain new skills and work alongside experienced staff.

What you’ll do at work

As part of the Level 3 Fitted Furniture Design Technician Apprenticeship Standard qualification, you will learn how to:

  • Working safely at all times, following relevant legislation and regulations, and ensuring the safety of yourself and others
  • Plan, organise and manage furniture design and/or installation projects from conception to completion
  • Create suitable fitted furniture designs and concepts for furniture to be installed meeting customer requirements
  • Present fitted furniture designs to customers in order to get buy-in and agree on next stages
  • Survey locations accurately in order to produce suitable designs for furniture to be installed
  • Provide accurate quotes to customers, cost and prices of fitted furniture concept designs using quoting software systems in order to secure sales
  • Maintain fitted furniture retail showrooms in good condition in order to gain customer interest in products and services
  • Deliver on fitted furniture sales targets and enhance opportunities for further income growth
  • Provide an effective fitted furniture after-sales service for customers to maintain and enhance their business reputation and secure repeat business
  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships with colleagues, customers and other relevant stakeholders
  • Deliver excellent customer service, realise and maintain customer expectations when working in a fitted furniture design environment
  • Apprentices without level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking the End-Point Assessment
  • Level 3 Fitted Furniture Design Technician qualification
  • Training and training location to be confirmed

Where you’ll work

Unit 4 Maryland Rd


Milton Keynes

MK15 8HF


An apprenticeship includes regular training with a college or other training organisation. At least 20% of your working hours will be spent training or studying.

College or training organisation


Your training course

Fitted furniture design technician (level 3)

Equal to A level

Course contents
  • Work safely at all times, completing health and safety records and reports
  • Plan, organise and manage furniture design and/or installation projects
  • Maintain fitted furniture sales, design and installation records required
  • Record any measurements of components, sub-assemblies, products, models, equipment, layouts or facilities for example kitchen units, wardrobes, desking
  • Create suitable fitted furniture designs and concepts for furniture to be installed at relevant domestic or commercial premises
  • Create fitted furniture designs using scale drawings or CAD (computer aided design)
  • Select appropriate material options, products and components for the fitted furniture designs to meet customer requirements
  • Present fitted furniture designs to customers for example kitchens, bedrooms or bathrooms
  • Produce visuals that clearly demonstrate how fitted furniture designs meets the strength, aesthetics, cost and other relevant requirements of the customer brief
  • Survey locations accurately for fitted furniture installation and designs including taking measurements and other relevant data of locations
  • Produce representational images which records appropriate and accurate measurements of locations for the placement of furniture components
  • Determine and record site conditions for example location and identification of the existing utilities and services
  • Use quoting software systems to cost and price fitted furniture designs and provide and manage quotes to customers
  • Maintain the fitted furniture showrooms to acceptable standards and mirror relevant design trends
  • Deliver on sales targets and enhance opportunities for further growth for examples agree next stage by listening to the customer’s requirements and vision
  • Establish and maintain communications with relevant customers for example ongoing customer service and care provided
  • Check fitted furniture products and services are prepared, delivered and installed to customers satisfaction
  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships
  • Apply effective communication techniques at all levels including written and verbal communication skills
  • Deliver excellent customer service for example going beyond what the customer expects
  • Realise and maintain customer expectations
  • Your training plan

    This training plan has not been finalised. Check with this employer if you’ll need to travel to a college or training location for this apprenticeship.


    Desirable qualifications

    GCSE or equivalent in:

    • English (grade C/4 or above)
    • Maths (grade C/4 or above)

    Let the company know about other relevant qualifications and industry experience you have. They can adjust the apprenticeship to reflect what you already know.


    • Communication skills
    • Attention to detail
    • Organisation skills
    • Creative
    • Initiative
    • full driving license desirable

    Other requirements

    All employees must not, without permission, disclose any information regarding staff. In instances where it is known that a member of staff has communicated information to unauthorised persons, those staff may be liable to disciplinary action up to and including summary dismissal.

    About this company

    Howdens Joinery is the UK's largest manufacturer and supplier of fitted kitchens, appliances and joinery products from local stock, with almost 700 Depots Nationwide.

    After this apprenticeship

    • Progression options may be available within Howdens and the depot such as full-time employment

    Ask a question

    The contact for this apprenticeship is:


    Annalise Morris


    The reference code for this apprenticeship is VAC1000261746.

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    Closes in 2 days (Tuesday 23 July)

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