Apprenticeships with ercol

Apprenticeships with ercol

Our highly skilled workforce has always been our most valuable asset for over a hundred years at ercol, and we remain committed to investing in the craftsmen and women of the future.

“At ercol Furniture we have a good appreciation of the long-term benefits that apprenticeships can bring, so we are willing to give them the time and help that they need to fully develop their skills and achieve their qualifications.”

Rachel Galbraith.  Creative Director at ercol

There’s no need to choose between education and practical skills through both on-the-job training and a part-time, college-taught course you will achieve a Level 2 or 3 NVQ giving you all the skills to start a successful career with ercol Furniture.  We offer apprenticeships in;

  • Electrical
  • Maintenance
  • CNC Engineering
  • Machining
  • Finishing/Polishing
  • Assembly

You’ll learn how to work safely at all times and could eventually make a technical contribution to design, development, quality assurance, manufacture, installation, programming and a wealth of learning opportunities could be offered.

“Every machine is different and works differently and although it might seem the same, there is always a different fault… I enjoy the problem solving side of it.”

Ryan. CNC Engineering Apprentice.
ercol electrician apprentice, Jordan

“The thing I enjoy most is understanding how things work and relating it to everyday life.  I’m not afraid to give things a go now, if something goes wrong at home, then I try and work out what caused it and if there’s anything I can do”

Jordan. Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Apprentice.

ercol offers a variety of learning schemes in conjunction with Activate Apprenticeships, we run both two and three year programmes.  Students either attend college for 1-2 days per week and work the remaining days in the factory or they attend college for block release lessons.   Most of our apprentice’s study at City of Oxford College, one campus is Rycotewood Furniture Centre – a renowned centre of excellence for training the furniture designers and makers of the future, with alumni including The Repair Shop’s Jay Blades.

Two male apprentices in the ercol factory

To be eligible for our apprenticeship programme you will need to be 16+ and be able to demonstrate a motivation for working in our manufacturing function.  Our academic entry criteria are GCSE maths and English at grade C or equivalent preferred.

For any further information or to send your CV for consideration please email apprenticeships@ercol.com