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Apprentice Upholsterer Andrew Paul Furniture 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: 30 Jun 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


  • 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

    18 Jan 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    3 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, within the bed department, could include:

  • 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
  • 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
  • Good housekeeping and general labouring duties
  • Good organisation workloads ready production
  • 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
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Being able to work within a factory environment
  • Being able to work confidently under pressure
  • The ability to meet targets and deadlines
  • Excellent team working skills

Personal qualities

  • Excellent attitude
  • Be punctual
  • Being able to work confidently under pressure

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 require repetition.

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


Fields Farm Road

Long Eaton


NG10 3FZ

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Unit A


Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Webs Training Ltd


Jennie Jarvis +441159677771

Level 2 Furniture Manufacturer Standard.

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/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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