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Woodmarque Academy

Inspiring future generations with industry led education.

The Woodmarque Academy offers students the opportunity to earn as they learn through our industry-led apprenticeship. In just 2 years, students can achieve advanced qualifications in Wood Machining and Digital Design manufacture and the essential skills required for successful future employment.

Apprenticeship . Mentoring . Skills

At Woodmarque, we’ve always invested in our people, processes and technology.
Our established, successful and still growing business has been founded on a tradition of quality craftsmanship that embraces the latest technology to produce the highest quality products. We’ve also always drawn on a strong tradition of apprenticeship to grow our skills, knowledge and expertise.
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Why Join The Woodmarque Academy

Earn as you learn skills from industry experts
Working with us five days a week – and getting paid! – means you’re supported to progress every day. That begins with you and your mentor discussing your training needs and developing the right training programme for you and the business: one that will build on your strengths and realise your potential.
Get hands on experience with state of the art technology
By combining traditional craftsmanship with the latest technology, we’re taking design and manufacturing to the next level. That continues to create work for us – and opportunities for our people. Our Academy will ensure we grow a new generation of craftspeople with the skills and experience that can take them further than they ever thought possible.
Achieve qualifications that can take you around the world
Start here, go anywhere. We’re committed to equipping you with the skills and qualifications essential to building a rewarding career in digital design manufacturing and wood machining. And we do it in a way that is seamless, where you’re supported to learn on the job and in the classroom.

Academy Course Summary

Joining and learning from our experienced, expert team in our state-of-the-art manufacturing facility, you’ll be supported to work on real-world contracts in real-time, learning valuable skills every step of the way

L2 Qualification
Apprenticeship In Wood Machining
(Level 2)

Working with us and studying full-time over 2 years, you’ll achieve your Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Wood Machining. Although you don’t need any previous experience or training in the area to apply it is preferred if candidates have GCSE Grade D or above in Maths, English and ICT.

L3/5 Qualification
Digital Design Manufacture
(Level 3 & 5)

The Level 3 Award and Level 5 Certificate in Digital Prototype Design and Manufacture qualifications have been designed to enable new learners and existing technicians to build skills in the development of prototypes and short manufacturing runs through the use of cutting-edge computer aided design software and 3D printing and/or CNC (Computer Numerical Control) manufacturing processes.

Level 3 Award in Digital Prototype Design and Manufacture

  • Create and evaluate a 3D design
  • Transform the design into a format which can be outputted to a Prototype machine
  • Manufacture a prototype

Level 5 Certificate in Digital Prototype Design and Manufacture

  • Use a structured process to develop an idea for a prototype design
  • Create a 3D design from an initial idea or solution
  • Evaluate and revise a 3D design
  • Prepare a prototype design for manufacture
  • Manufacture a prototype

Academy Applicant Criteria

To take part in the Apprenticeship programme you need to:

  • Have reached the minimum school leaving age in Northern Ireland (16 years).
  • Be employed or be about to take up paid employment in Northern Ireland.
  • Be working a minimum of 21 hours per week on a permanent contract.
  • Meet all the entry requirements of your chosen apprenticeship.
  • Meet a number of eligibility considerations, for example if you are a non-EU national or a public sector employee, or if you have previously achieved a recognised vocational qualification.
  • You may need to meet other eligibility considerations, for example you may not be eligible if you’re a non-EU national, a public sector worker or already have a recognised vocational qualification.

If you’re 25 years and over, there are restrictions on the type of apprenticeship that are available with funding.

Staff Testimonial

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After completing my A-Levels in 2017 I joined Woodmarque. Since then my job role has changed and I’m now the Contracts Administrator.

Woodmarque have supported my development by providing specialised training and encouraging me to complete my part-time degree. I feel lucky to be doing something I really enjoy and working alongside such a friendly team. I hope to continue to develop my career with Woodmarque in the future.
Ebony Downey – Contracts Administrator

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