We are looking for a new apprentice! If you are a young person with a passion for making things and a natural aptitude for working with your hands then this job might be for you.

All you have to do is send us your CV to ‘cecil@paparwark.co.uk’, if you are accepted we will have you undertake a small hand skills test to see if you have the skill set and ‘vynd’ for the apprenticeship.

The following info is all about the Apprenticeship run by Train Shetland.

Modern Apprenticeship in Furniture Making

The qualification consists of:

  • Scottish Vocational Qualification Level 3 (SCQF 6). Furniture Making – Traditional or Contemporary.
  • Individual units from Professional Development Award in Carpentry and Joinery
  • Core Skills.

Modern Apprenticeship

The qualification is accredited through the Scottish Qualifications Authority.


The apprenticeship scheme is run over 4 years with attendance at Shetland College and Young Enterprises, Perth. 

Attendance at College

Block release to Shetland College is as follows:

  • Year 1 – 12 weeks in aprox. 4-week blocks
  • Year 2 – workplace assessment and short I week blocks to attend training at Young Enterprises.
  • Year 3 – Work based
  • Practical Assessments

While in the workplace apprentices will build up a portfolio of evidence of their competence at work.

Typical duties will include:

Making bespoke wooden furniture for customers such as: tables, chairs, dressers, cabinets, beds, desks. Smaller items such as candlesticks, chopping boards, place mats, coasters etc Repairing individual items.

Personal Qualities, Skills and Qualifications

  • Ideally, applicants should have National 5s (or Credit Standard Grades) in subjects such as Maths, Physics, Graphical Communications & Craft and Design.
  • Good co-ordination and dexterity is essential.
  • Applicants must be physically able for the tasks involved in the job.


May the odds be ever in you’re favour…