British Furniture Manufacturers

Training and Education

Furniture skills and training


BFM is proud to be a founding member of FIESTA – the Furnishings Industry Education Skills and Training Alliance. FIESTA is the furniture industry's initiative to develop skills, training and employment opportunities in the UK’s furniture industry.

FIESTA has been set up by the industry’s trade associations to address the furniture and interiors industry’s current and future skills needs by encouraging and inspiring new talent to join the industry, and ensuring relevant education, training and qualifications are in place to support them.

FIESTA provides an employer-led forum which allows all its stakeholders to identify, clarify, promote and engage with all issues relating to education, skills and training at all levels, for all ages and for all sizes of businesses and sectors across the UK Furniture and Interiors Industry.  FIESTA will drive the development of, and access to, the most appropriate and highest quality education, skills and training for all.  It will inspire employers to engage actively in current and future education, skills and training needs, providing them with the reliable, authoritative guidance they need to make informed decisions.  It will encourage new talent to enter the industry and existing talent to remain and progress where appropriate.


At the heart of FIESTA is a management service for apprenticeships. Many employers have found that the landscape of apprenticeships post-reform, has complexities and administrative hurdles.  Our Skills Plus initiative, offers micro, SME and large employers within the furniture and furnishings sector an affordable and simplified way to engage with apprenticeships, upskilling and retraining.

The Skills Plus team can help employers access government funding for apprenticeships, or for larger employers help them find training that can be paid for from their Apprenticeship Levy Digital account.

Whether you are an employer, training provider or potential learner, please contact Carmen Daley for more information. Carmen Daley

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