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French polishers use traditional skills to treat wood and restore furniture and items like staircases, doors and musical instruments.
1. Entry requirementsYou don’t need any formal qualifications, but some employers may ask for GCSEs, or equivalent.
A college qualification in a relevant subject like furniture restoration, furniture design, or decorative arts could also be helpful. Doing a university course in these subjects can be useful if you aim to start your own business.
If you don’t have any qualifications, carpentry and other practical skills would be useful.
A driving licence may be useful, especially if you aim to be self-employed.
You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.
2. Skills required
- a methodical and patient approach
- maths skills
- practical skills
- customer service skills
3. What you'll do
Your day-to-day duties could include:
- deciding on the type and colour of wood stain to use
- mixing and applying the stain
- applying French polish and other finishes, like lacquer, paint, varnish, oil or wax
- repairing furniture
Starter: £13,000 to £18,000
Experienced: up to £26,000
Highly Experienced: £30,000
These figures are a guide.
5. Working hours, patterns and environmentIf you work in a factory, you’ll usually work around 40 hours a week, which may include shift work.
If you’re self-employed, you’ll arrange your own hours, sometimes including long hours and weekends to meet deadlines.
You may sometimes travel to collect and deliver furniture, or to carry out work on-site.
6. Career path and progressionWith experience, you could progress to supervisor or manager.
You could start your own business.
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Last updated: 13 September 2018