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Seven furniture makers commended at Master Certificate Scheme ceremony

Seven furniture makers have been commended for their contribution and achievements to the industry.

The Master Certificate Scheme, run by City of London livery companies in partnership with City & Guilds, aims to recognise excellence and promote career progression from Apprentice to Journeyman and Master level.

In order to qualify for a certificate at any of the three levels, the applicant must provide evidence of having achieved an appropriate level of responsibility and technical knowledge in their sector and given support to those pursuing a career in the industry.

The ceremony, attended by the Lord Mayor, took place at Glaziers’ Hall, London. A total of 38 representatives from The Worshipful Companies of Furniture Makers, Wax Chandlers, Masons, Plumbers, Joiners and Ceilers, Plaisterers, Upholders, Glaziers, Horners, Paviors, Clockmakers, Coachmakers, Lightmongers and Constructors were in attendance.

The seven furniture makers awarded an Apprentice, Journeyman or Master certificate by The Furniture Makers’ Company were: Christopher Hyde, Rycotewood Furniture Centre director of creative arts (Master); Andrew Jackson, Burgess Beds md (Master); Marcus Jahrling, Ardmore Construction manager (Master); James Ryan, Edward Barnsley Workshop designer (Master); Wendy Shorter, Wendy Shorter Interiors founder (Master); Jodi Schofield, Burgess Beds sales director (Journeyman) and Ewan Stevenson, Burgess Beds general manager (Apprentice).

‘I was delighted to be present to witness the presentation of these very well-deserved certificates to those in our industry’, said Tony Smart, Master of The Furniture Makers’ Company. ‘They have not only excelled in their own profession but have helped and supported so many young people that have joined our industry. This scheme provides us with a way to recognise these achievements and to encourage others to follow.’