The LEVEL 1 Furniture Making Program offers a comprehensive 39-Week (1,014 Hrs.) Course encompassing integral, industry-required standards of knowledge and skills, inherent in entry-level employees, and that will enable the Trainees to carry out and excel at the more advanced tasks in the Level 2 training. The Theoretical aspect of the Training is complemented with Practical work that commences with the introduction to occupational Health and Safety protocol, the use of tools and machines, then the construction of basic, simple items and steady progression to larger, more complex projects such as Desks, Tables, Dining Chairs, and small-scale Cabinetry including Cupboards, Vanities and Built-in Closets. The foundational training is complemented by a Course in the use of AutoCAD software that provide skills to create diverse types of drawings and designs.
Modules in Furniture Making Level I:
- Trade and Professional Ethics
- Occupational Health and Safety
- The Use of Hand and Power tools
- Installation of Furniture Hardware
- Application of Finishes
- Construction of Furniture Items
Twenty years as a self-employed artisan in the Furniture Making Industry provided both the professional experience and a firm foundation for me to make a seamless transition CCET’s Furniture Making Program in 1999; but my preparation as a career Instructor, as it turned out, began long before, my formative years influenced by renown craftsmen who relied on Patience, Diligence, refined Skills and Pride in their work- rather than self-promotion– to establish their reputation. After all these years, instilling similar work ethics in eager but inexperienced Trainees has proven to be just as invaluable as the technical skills, ultimately serving to mold proficient, reputable Trainees who might be inclined to a vocation in the Trade.
Easily overlooked and often lost in the unwavering focus to impart comprehensive education in a limited, hectic period of time, is the value of selfless mentorship, perhaps the most fulfilling aspect of my tenure; sharing life-long hobbies and reviving the Centre’s Chess and Art Clubs is an aspiration for the near future – extracurricular engagement that can prove to be as meaningful as it is enjoyable.