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BWF research project on centres of excellence


Productivity and new ways of working, Learning resources, Sectors and roles, Careers and recruitment, New qualifications and courses, Small employer support

British Woodworking Federation

National Association of Shopfitters





The project will research and pilot a scheme to increase apprenticeship numbers, and raise the standards in the Shop Fitting sector by developing a framework of excellence and building a network that can deliver flexible training from the framework.

After the project the woodworking sector will have access to new standardised training through a network of training hubs. Access will increase over time as the network of centres of excellence grows. The framework of excellence that standardises training will be available from those hubs.

  • Pilot a Centre of Excellence for the shop-fitting sector
  • Develop a flexible learning framework of excellence
  • Build capacity so that the network can deliver all modules

01 May 2016

31 Oct 2016

End of project summary

The project finished in March 2018. By the end of the project a pilot Centres of Excellence network had been established with four training providers which has led to improved networking and the development of new courses which respond to employer needs.   

The intention is to continue the Centre of Excellence roll-out over the next 12 months to increase to a minimum of 15 training providers, covering all regions and home nations.