The Craft of Wood Manufacturing and Finishing


The craft of Wood Manufacturing & Finishing encompasses the skills required in the manufacture of joinery and furniture products. The areas of work could be modern, traditional, reproduction, restoration furniture, stairs, windows, doors and wood moulding, stains, polishing and finishes.

General Aspects
Learn and develop new craft‐related skills, knowledge and competence
Working with wood
Understanding technical drawings and diagrams
Secondary Aspects
Accuracy with numbers in counting, measuring and arithmetic
Working with hand tools and power tools
Operating, controlling and adjusting equipment/machines
Other Aspects
Practical skills and theoretical knowledge
Working in a workshop or factory
Lifting or carrying heavy items
Work requiring accuracy and attention to detail
Taking responsibility for own learning, including the allocation of study time
Work Activities

The skills required are wide and varied and include working with wood, metals, plastics and other manufactured materials using woodworking machines and tools
Automation; the use of woodworking machines and CNC is an integral part of manufacturing. Computer skills and CAD/CAM software knowledge for CNC programming is an essential part of the trade.

Personal Qualities and Skills

You will need a good awareness of space and size, good hand skills and a sense of design. A reasonable level of mathematics is required for measuring and calculating and for dealing with automated and hi‐tech equipment. You should be creative, yet able to work from plans and drawings with minimum supervision.
Patience and high levels of concentration are necessary, combined with the ability to carry out tasks accurately and precisely. It is important that you take pride in your work and make sure each task is properly finished.

Pay and Opportunities

During your apprenticeship you will be paid an apprenticeship rate. The actual rates may vary depending on the occupation and employer. Generally, the rates will increase in a number of steps during the apprenticeship. You should seek details of rates of pay for apprentices from your employer.
All apprentices are paid a training allowance by SOLAS while attending off‐the‐job training
phases 2, 4 and 6.
Opportunities arise from time‐to‐time for promotion to supervisor level. Many people use an apprenticeship as a first step in proceeding to such occupations as instructors, teachers, engineers, managers and owners of businesses.
Where apprentices and crafts persons have the necessary ability, initiative and basic qualifications, opportunities are available for advancement. These include advanced technological and management courses which are available in Institutes of Technology, Professional Institutes etc.

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