The BFM is part of a European Partner project, IM-Futures, with the aim of developing the content for an International Masters’ Degree in the furniture sector.

Along with partners from Poland, Spain, Italy and the UK, this activity is focused fundamentally on developing training covering enabling technologies, production engineering, scheduling and planning as well as product innovation and process improvement systems. The degree will also offer options for specialisation, including modules covering operations management, design, materials and logistics.

The choice of the training modules followed detailed country and desk research with feedback from stakeholders. The content has been developed by partners according to their expertise and uploaded into a learning platform.

Mike Dimond, BFM representative for IM-Futures and the project dissemination manager, said: ‘Our research identified this major gap in training in the furniture sector, much of which is currently directed at design and this is a common theme across the EU.  By developing the Masters’ Degree, we will plug that gap and give mangers the necessary training to move their businesses forward’.

The next stage is to test the platform – internally and externally – and make any adjustments based on critical feedback. Training events will be held in each partner country in April 2019.