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Apprentice Upholsterer Coakley and Cox Ltd

We wish to recruit an enthusiastic Apprentice to join our Upholstery team. The successful candidate will be trained in all aspects of Upholstery through WEBS structured training programme as well as on the job training. You will learn practical skills and techniques to produce different types of soft furniture.

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Closing date: 15 Jul 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage

    £192.40 - £240.00

  • Working week

    Monday - Thursday 8.00am - 5.00pm Friday 7.30am - 2.00pm Hours per week: 40

    Total hours per week: 40.00

  • Expected duration

    15 months

  • Possible start date

    24 Jul 2022

  • Date posted

    03 Apr 2018

  • Apprenticeship level

    Intermediate

  • Reference number

    VAC001381887

  • Positions

    1 available

Being an Upholsterer, you will be required to work in anyone of a wide range of production environments. Workplaces can be a variety of size from small work-shops through to large commercial factories; either way you will need to be able to work independently and as a part of team.

Duties of an upholsterer could include:

  • Stripping down items of furniture from covers back to the wooden frame.
  • Prepare frames for upholstery including adding different densities of foams and fibres.
  • Using a wide range of spring systems including serpentine, super loop, box spring units.
  • Filling cushions using fibre, foam and feathers.
  • Working with a large range of materials including fabrics and leathers.
  • Cutting various materials for ready for upholstery.
  • Tension and straining materials to position them.
  • Patten matching fabrics within tolerance.
  • Using a range of trimmings and finishing’s including buttons, facings, piping and decorative studs.
  • Using traditional methods such as slip stitch, tacking and hand sewing.
  • Using traditional fillings including coir fibre, horse hair, hessian and cotton felt.
  • Using a wide range compressed air equipment including clip, frame, staple, pin and vertex guns.
  • Use a range of hand tools including scissors, shears, staple lifter, tin snips, hammers mallets and pincers.
  • Creating different types of pleats including scroll arm, envelope and puckering.
  • Cutting materials with templates
  • Sewing fabrics ready for upholstery.
  • Good housekeeping and general labouring duties.
  • Good organisation workloads ready production.
  • Working with mechanical components from recliner actions to bed actions.
  • Completing leather repair and service work to furniture
  • Checking and ordering new stock, managing storage of stock.
  • Working as part of a team on piece work production.
  • Working independently, using your own initiative.

Being an Upholsterer, you will be required to work in anyone of a wide range of production environments. Workplaces can be a variety of size from small work-shops through to large commercial factories; either way you will need to be able to work independently and as a part of team.

Duties of an upholsterer could include:

  • Stripping down items of furniture from covers back to the wooden frame.
  • Prepare frames for upholstery including adding different densities of foams and fibres.
  • Using a wide range of spring systems including serpentine, super loop, box spring units.
  • Filling cushions using fibre, foam and feathers.
  • Working with a large range of materials including fabrics and leathers.
  • Cutting various materials for ready for upholstery.
  • Tension and straining materials to position them.
  • Patten matching fabrics within tolerance.
  • Using a range of trimmings and finishing’s including buttons, facings, piping and decorative studs.
  • Using traditional methods such as slip stitch, tacking and hand sewing.
  • Using traditional fillings including coir fibre, horse hair, hessian and cotton felt.
  • Using a wide range compressed air equipment including clip, frame, staple, pin and vertex guns.
  • Use a range of hand tools including scissors, shears, staple lifter, tin snips, hammers mallets and pincers.
  • Creating different types of pleats including scroll arm, envelope and puckering.
  • Cutting materials with templates
  • Sewing fabrics ready for upholstery.
  • Good housekeeping and general labouring duties.
  • Good organisation workloads ready production.
  • Working with mechanical components from recliner actions to bed actions.
  • Completing leather repair and service work to furniture
  • Checking and ordering new stock, managing storage of stock.
  • Working as part of a team on piece work production.
  • Working independently, using your own initiative.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

Skills required to becoming an Upholster:

  • Excellent attitude.
  • Be punctual.
  • Be able to adjust to working on different designs and models of furniture.
  • Excellent team working skills.
  • Basic numeracy skills.
  • An excellent eye for detail.
  • Being able to work within a factory environment.
  • Being able to work confidently under pressure.
  • The ability to meet targets and deadlines.

Personal qualities

Progression Opportunities:

  • Advanced Apprenticeship in Modern Upholstery, traditional Upholstery, Supervision or Furniture design and Prototyping
  • Progression within the organisation to include more responsibility and wider range of production work

Desired qualifications

None required, however the successful candidate will work towards their Functional Skills in both Maths and English if they have not achieved prior or have an equivalent.

Future prospects

Progression Opportunities:

  • Advanced Apprenticeship in Modern Upholstery, traditional Upholstery, Supervision or Furniture design and Prototyping
  • Progression within the organisation to include more responsibility and wider range of production work

Things to consider

Apprenticeship. For all other apprentices the National Minimum wage appropriate to their age applies. The Minimum Wage for Apprentices applies to time spent on the job plus time spent training. NMW rates are usually updated every October.

This applies to 16-18 year old apprentices and those aged over 19 in the first year of their Apprenticeship


About the employer

Coakley & Cox was established over 35 years ago from humble beginnings and has grown to become one of the most respected upholstery companies in Britain, combining high levels of expertise with an absolute dedication to quality.

Specialising in the design and production of contemporary upholstery pieces, they produce for high-end furniture brands such as SCP, Heals and David Linley as well as working directly with architects, interior designers and contract furniture specifiers to create bespoke pieces for individual projects. Over time they have also developed a small collection of own brand designs for sale directly to the trade and public alike. Their re-upholstery service is available for both contemporary and classic pieces.

The products are all made by hand, using a blend of traditional and modern upholstery techniques. All the frames are made from solid timber such as Oak, Walnut and Beech, from sustainable and renewable sources.

Employer

Coakley and Cox Ltd

Address

32

Haverscroft Industrial Estate, New Road

Attleborough

NR17 1YE

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Training

Training provider

WEBS TRAINING LIMITED

Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Webs Training Ltd

Contact

Adam Colbert 0115 967 7771 a.colbert@webstraining.com

During your apprenticeship programme you will receive training both off and on the job. You will be required to attend WEBS Training on Block release basis which is 5x per year here at WEBS Training in Nottingham this is organised and paid for by your employer, the rest of the time you will be within the work place. You will learn the underpinning knowledge that runs alongside your practical elements of the training. You will use a wide range of techniques whilst you complete a practical project.

WEBS Training aim to build on the skills you already have so you reach your full potential both personally and professionally.

Training will be provided in all areas of Furniture Manufacturing to ensure you are capable of creating practical and bespoke furniture using both traditional and modern techniques and materials to produce aesthetically pleasing and fit for purpose products.

If you have already achieved GCSE Maths and English at Grade 4 or above or have equivalent qualification you will be exempt from undertaking Functional Skills, however English and Maths support will be provided for all apprentices throughout the length of their programme.

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