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Apprentice Upholsterer Whitehead Designs 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 hands on skills and techniques to produce different types of furniture and re-upholstery of furniture.

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Closing date: 01 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 06.30am-3.15pm Friday 06.30am-11.30am

    Total hours per week: 37.00

  • Expected duration

    16 months

  • Possible start date

    27 Jun 2022

  • Date posted

    20 Oct 2021

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • 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.
  • Patten matching fabrics within tolerance.
  • Using a range of trimmings and finishing’s including buttons, facings, piping and decorative studs.
  • Using 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.
  • 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


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


Please note:

Some roles required reputation

About the employer

As a family-owned, family-run business, their reputation has been built by happy customers who recommend them to friends and families. They aim to provide a level of exclusive, personal service that makes every one of their customers feel more than special. At Whitehead Designs, the customer comes first. 

Even in today’s mass-produced world, there will always be a place for traditional craftsmanship and quality. Whitehead Designs believe that place should be your home, bringing standards of excellence that are simply unparalleled in the industry, our craftsmen hand build classical and contemporary upholstered furniture from the finest materials,making it bespoke and they pride themselves in their production of fine crafted furniture.


Whitehead Designs Ltd


Atlas Mills

Birchwood Avenue


NG10 3ND

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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 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.

Apprenticeship standard

Furniture manufacturer

Level 2 (GCSE)

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