The UK’s only dedicated furniture components show, Elements, has partnered with Buckinghamshire New University and The Kitchen Education Trust (TKET), as it continues to champion young talent and careers in the furniture design and manufacturing industry.

Home to the UK’s first Foundation Degree in Kitchen Design, Buckinghamshire New University will be taking part in Elements’ brand new Education Zone. Exhibiting at the show for the first time, the forward-thinking university – who will be exhibiting alongside registered charity and scholarship funding expert TKET - will offer a virtual reality tour to visitors as a way of representing the many roles available to people in the industry. 

Paul Lighterness, Kitchen Design Course Leader at Buckinghamshire New University says, “We want to get people interested in the industry and what it has to offer. To do this, we’ve teamed up with our software partner, ArtiCAD, to create a virtual reality zone that is open to everyone at the show. It’s been designed to help people fully understand what goes into designing and fitting a kitchen. From the initial design and construction to installing the relevant mechanisms, it offers a step-by-step experience and allows you to immerse yourself into the space. We want our visitors to explore and discover what a career in the furniture design and manufacturing industry could offer them and give them a greater insight into the skills they can develop on our Kitchen Design course." 

The Elements exhibition gives us and TKET an opportunity to be part of the industry. The new Education Zone is the ideal setting for us to promote education and careers in the sector, whilst also offering advice on scholarships and funding. Our work is driven by the industry – with many of our project partners exhibiting at the show – so what better way to promote our message and broaden our target group than by engaging with the people in it and giving them an opportunity to experience the possibilities in a truly innovative way?

The Education Zone will also home to the National Association of Shopfitters (NAS), the British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM), the British Woodworking Federation (BWF), Help for Heroes and Didac Training College, who will join forces to provide support and advice on legislation, health & safety, productivity, careers, education and apprenticeships within the furniture industry. Private drop-in sessions and daily workshops will also be available to visitors.

Elements will be taking place from the 30 September – 3 October 2018 at the NEC, Birmingham. To register for your FREE ticket simply visit the shows website and join over 8,000 industry professionals at the UK’s only dedicated furniture components show:  www.Wexhibition.co.uk



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