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Furniture Manufacturing Apprentice Andrew Paul Furniture Ltd

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

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Closing date: 30 Jun 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


    Wages explained

    Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that's part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

    Minimum Wage Rates

  • Working week

    Monday - Thursday 07.00am - 4.00pm, Friday 07.00am - 12.00pm

    Total hours per week: 39.00

  • Expected duration

    15 months

  • Possible start date

    01 Jul 2022

  • Date posted

    07 Oct 2021

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    3 available

Being a Furniture Manufacturer is a skilled trade with excellent career opportunities. You will learn a mixture of assembly techniques using a variety of tools and equipment. You must have an excellent attention to detail and strive for perfection.

Duties will include:

  • Picking from raw materials - gaining knowledge of timber
  • Working from cutting lists, technical drawings and specifications
  • Measuring and marking out
  • Producing mouldings prior to assembly
  • Marking out and cutting joints
  • Producing prototypes
  • Completing assembly including jointing side panels, cross components and fitting tops and bottoms
  • Quality checking your work throughout
  • Mounting of fixings including hinges, locks and catches
  • Sanding ready for finishing
  • Applying finish including wax, stains and paint
  • Operating hand tools including chisels, screwdrivers and mallets
  • Operating power tools including hand routers, biscuit jointers and staple guns
  • Operating powered machinery including dimension saw, planer, table routers to produce components required for cabinet making
  • Final quality control checks

Please note:

  • Some roles you will be required to produce bespoke one-off pieces where in other roles, repetition is to be expected

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

Skills required to become a Furniture Manufacturer:

  • Attention to detail
  • Excellent communication skills to be able to speak to other departments regarding modifying drawings and cutting lists
  • Ability and willing to learn skills and production techniques
  • Good numeracy skills
  • Good problem-solving ability
  • Excellent attendance and timekeeping
  • Accuracy
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Initiative

Personal qualities

  • This is an exciting opportunity for a practical minded person who is looking to start their career in Furniture Manufacturing
  • The ideal candidate will be reliable, honest, assertive, willing to learn, a team player and flexible in their approach to 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 Furniture Making
  • Progression within the organisation with more responsibility
  • Operating CAD software

Things to consider

  • Are you a practical person looking to gain new skills?
  • Do you want to be part of a dynamic team?

Please note:

  • Some Furniture Making roles you will be required to produce bespoke one-off pieces where in other roles, repetition is to be expected

About the employer

The knowledge and skill base from the East Midlands town of Long Eaton has created a centre of excellence for the manufacture of fine upholstered furniture in the UK and Andrew Paul Furniture are situated at the heart of it. The statement 'Made in Long Eaton' means a great deal when it comes to fine furniture. The directors themselves have over 60 years' experience in designing and manufacturing fine furniture, together with a wealth of skill sets to draw upon. As a family run business, Andrew Paul has developed an ability to integrate and incorporate aspects of the 'best in design' into our individual furniture, which would be described as 'the mixing of traditional skills with contemporary designs, as well as giving traditional designs a contemporary twist'.

We are able to develop a full range of Sofas, Chairs and Beds to suit the needs of our customers and we fully understand the need to keep pace with the changing demands of our sophisticated consumers. Andrew Paul are perfectly placed, with our in-house development team, to be both proactive and reactive to ensure that our design lead furniture is exactly as you require. To achieve this, we manufacture virtually all the elements of our furniture ourselves,from our solid hardwood frames, through to the finished upholstered piece, incorporating our vast range of hardwood stained feet, allowing your customers mix and match to complement their furniture. We also strive to ensure that we use FSC accredited materials. 'Traditional Service Values' combined with contemporary techniques and designs are synonymous with Andrew Paul Furniture, who continually push the boundaries to deliver the very best in comfort quality and excellence.


Andrew Paul Furniture Ltd


Unit 1

Meadow Brooks Business Park

Meadow Lane


NG10 2GD

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Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Webs Training Ltd


Jennie Jarvis +441159677771

During your apprenticeship programme you will receive training both off and on the job. You will be required to attend WEBS Training on Day release basis which is once per week, 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/C 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.

Apprenticeship standard

Furniture manufacturer

Level 2 (GCSE)

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