It’s learning a new craft and building the foundations for a lasting career.
It’s feeling valued for your growing skillset. And it’s the satisfaction of caring for a truly diverse furniture collection. This is what makes an apprenticeship with The Royal Household so different.
The range of furniture in the Royal residencies is extensive and contains many unique pieces that display the skill of craftsmen from across the centuries. A lot of items are in regular use, and you’ll join our team of experts who ensure they are properly conserved, whilst also kept in good working order.
Working alongside master crafts people, you’ll complete a Level Two Furniture Making Apprenticeship. This will involve regular, structured off-the-job block learning with a separate training provider based in Oxford, which will consist of a one week block every couple of months. Here you’ll learn the vital foundation skills of furniture making by completing a range of projects that cover traditional and modern manufacturing.
Back in the workshop, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to put your training into practice, helping to mend, restore and protect furniture for everyday use.
You’ll take on a variety of technician activities. You’ll maintain different fixtures and fittings within rooms, build bespoke supports and stands for items, and even develop your locksmith skills.
And with guidance from colleagues you’ll get involved with conservation and restoration projects, discovering a range of specialist techniques and methods.
You’ll also learn what it takes to manage and run a workshop effectively, including the upkeep of specialist tools, Health & Safety procedures and the maintenance of large equipment.
The variety of work will inspire and challenge you, but we’ll be with you every step of the way. And above all, you’ll play an important part in maintaining historic items, whilst also keeping traditional skills alive for generations to come.
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Closing date for applications is 8th March 2020.