Having contacted Stephen, the next step is a formal application. To be eligible for the September 2020 intake applicants must submit a completed application-form and present examples of their work before Monday 25 May 2020. We are not expecting perfection in the work applicants present to us. Pieces do not need to be large or complicated but we do like work to be neat and accurate. We prefer not to see torn-out grain, gaps in joints or thick glue lines. An example of a well-fitted drawer or door impresses us. If bringing in work will present a problem please let us know. We also like applicants to provide us with either digital or printed photographs of their work.
We usually take on two Foundation Apprentices each year and have many applicants for each place. We welcome applications from talented, aspiring furniture-makers who have a strong desire to improve their skills and want to establish a career making high-quality furniture. We look for evidence that applicants enjoy making things well. We are looking for potential and enthusiasm rather than qualifications and experience. Often, applicants will have completed a furniture course at college. However, we will consider anyone who wants a career in furniture-making, is dedicated and can show us some furniture they have made to a good standard. There is no age restriction on applicants.
The final selection procedure takes place during June when we draw up a shortlist of candidates and ask each of them to come in for a trial day. We then choose the new Foundation Apprentices who will start in mid September.