Centres of Excellence

The Centre of Excellence (CoE) Network is an initiative set up by the British Woodworking Federation (BWF) and the National Association of Shopfitters (NAS) to give industry access to high-quality, industry endorsed, and flexible training provision for apprenticeships and other training for the Joinery, Shopfitting & Interior Fit Out industries. 

Our Centres: 

The network is made up of FE education colleges and private training providers across the UK, and they are audited by us to ensure the training they provide is of the high standard industry demands to train its workforce. There are continuous feedback loops to ensure they remain at the highest of standards. 

Building Crafts College (awaiting audit - pass expected) 
Didac Limited (awaiting audit - pass expected) 
Leeds College of Building (fully accredited)
Neath Port Talbot College Group (awaiting audit - pass expected) 

We ask all our CoEs to work to the latest government-approved Apprenticeship Standards in and provide a flexibility in the curriculum so that apprentices and students receive both the benchmark skills needed for their roles, as well as specific and specialist skills that are unique to each company.  

Become a Centre of Excellence

We value the college and private training provision that is spread around the country, and we want to provide industry support for them to continue to prosper. Recognising their commitment to quality provision and to working with employers, we promote them as apprenticeship providers and for wider training provision. 

The CoE network is a pilot, and we are currently undertaking research to establish the demand for expanding the network to other providers across the UK, and constantly reviewing the requirments we expect of our CoEs.

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