The content of an International Masters Degree, designed to tackle the furniture industry’s skills shortage, has been finalised.

The IM-FUTURE project, which involves seven European partners including the British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM), has now developed its key learning pillars into manageable training modules and units.

Said Jackie Bazeley, BFM md: “After 18 months of activity, the project is now starting to establish itself as a real guide to training within the European furniture and woodworking industry. The partners involved have created the basis for a platform to provide companies, associations and practitioners with relevant training at postgraduate level.”

Said Florin Ioras, research professor of conservation sustainability and innovation, who is leading Buckinghamshire New University’s team: “IM-FUTURE is coming up with ways for companies to ensure their workforce is in step with changes in technology along with ways to make it financially worthwhile for companies, organisations and authorities to move along with these changes.”

The content of the course will be completed in May 2019.

Partners involved with BFM in IM-FUTURE are Buckinghamshire New University (UK), University of Murcia (Spain), The Technical Research Centre of Furniture and Wood of the Region of Murcia (Spain), The University of Camerino (Italy), Consorzio del Mobile SPA (Italy) and Warsaw University of Life Sciences (Poland). It is funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union.

“IM -FUTURE” has been funded with support from the European Commission. This press release reflects the views only of the author and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.