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Service Upholsterer Apprenticeship DFS Trading Limited

Working alongside a Service Upholsterer you will call out to customers' homes and learn the upholstery trade; fixing customers' furniture and delivering great customer service. If you enjoy interacting with people, problem solving, and like a lot of variety in your day, then this could be a great opportunity for you.

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Closing date: 10 Dec 2021

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


  • Working week

    Monday - Friday. Shift patterns between 07:00 - 16:00 and 09:00 - 18:00.

    Total hours per week: 40.00

  • Expected duration

    18 months

  • Possible start date

    13 Dec 2021

  • Date posted

    26 Oct 2021

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

Your duties will include:

  • Delivering a high level of customer service

Carrying out repairs on DFS furniture including:

  • Upholstery repairs
  • Leather repairs
  • Sewing repairs
  • Framework repairs

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Good practical skills
  • Good communication skills
  • Good problem-solving skills

Personal qualities

  • Willingness to be trained and developed (on-the-job and lesson based)
  • Willingness to complete coursework
  • Ability to use your own initiative
  • Desire to engage with customers and resolve concerns
  • Punctual
  • Trustworthy
  • Honest
  • Adaptable

Desired qualifications

GCSEs at grades C/4 or above (or equivalent) in maths and English.

Driving licence (not essential for the apprenticeship, however this field-based role would require a full driving license in order to be given a job at the end).

Future prospects

Potential of gaining a Service Upholsterer position earning £27k+ and a company van (option to use this for business only, or to include personal use).

You'll have a foot on the ladder of a very successful and growing company, and we like to grow our talent, so if you have the drive and determination there could be many more rungs for you to climb.

Things to consider

Another fantastic element of our programme is that all of our apprentices (under the age of 24) complete the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award, and you will be away from home as part of this. You can find out more at

In order to gain a permanent position, you will need to have passed your driving test within 12 months of beginning the apprenticeship programme as this is a field-based role.

You must have a reliable method of getting to work each day if you do not already drive before starting this apprenticeship programme. 

About the employer

At DFS, we have 50 years’ experience designing, manufacturing, selling, and installing an extensive range of sofas and other furniture products. We’re still handcrafting our products here in the UK and we’re still just as committed to our people as well as the customers who are at the heart of our business.  We’ve got great plans and we’re opening new stores all the time so there are lots of opportunities to progress and develop with us.

As well as being one of the UK’s top employers for 4 years running, we featured on the Sunday Times top 30 Best Big companies to work for (2017) and won their award for Best Improver (2017). We have also won the Youth Employment and Talent Management in the UK Employee Experience Awards for 3 years running.


DFS Trading Limited


Unit 2

The Drive

Gatwick Road


RH10 9AN

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Training provider

DFS Trading Limited

Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by DFS Trading Limited


Sam Barnes

Our Service Upholsterer apprenticeship scheme is a practical programme where you will receive a lot of your training ‘on-the-job’ in customers’ homes. You will be working alongside one of our Service Upholsterers who will mentor you day-to-day as you develop the necessary skills for the job role.  

You will have a development coach who will also deliver relevant training required for you to complete the apprenticeship program and of course you will be supported by many others in our business. 

The apprenticeship will not only give you the skills of the trade, but also skills, knowledge and behaviours that will be beneficial to a range of customer facing roles throughout our business and industry. These additional skills will be gained not only through practical training, but also through a range of sessions with your development coach - so you should be prepared to sometimes swap your staple gun for a laptop on our program!

Apprenticeship standard

Furniture manufacturer

Level 2 (GCSE)

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