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This is an exciting opportunity to work for a dynamic sustainable company to create high quality mattresses.

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Closing date: 31 Aug 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday – Thursday 730am -5pm Friday 7.30am – 2pm

    Total hours per week: 40

  • Expected duration

    21 Months

  • Possible start date

    03 Oct 2022

  • Date posted

    12 May 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

  • The day to day role will include all aspects of upholstery which includes timber frame making for bed bases and headboards using jigs and templates.
  • Measuring and cutting out fabrics and fillings, laminating and cutting raw materials as well as developing skills in using relevant machinery such as cutting knives, sewing machines, button presses and other upholstery tools and machinery.
  • Working within a team
  • Adhering to H&S regulations
  • Liaising with other departments within the company

What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?

  • Level 2 Furniture Manufacturer (Modern Upholstery)
  • Level 1 and 2 Functional Skills in maths and English (exemptions may apply)
  • All training carried out within the workplace.
  • Regular contact with a college Assessor
  • Regular use of an e-portfolio

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

  • Opportunities to progress within the company.
  • Continual personal development

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Presentation skills, Administrative skills, Number skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Creative, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience, Physical fitness, Reliable, Able to work under pressure


GCSE or equivalent Maths and English (Literature or Language) (Grade A-C or 4-9) Essential

Things to consider

Must have means to get to and from work.

About the employer

When we first decided to make mattresses back in 1999, we took a different approach to the rest of the trade. We could not understand why the majority of mattresses were made using man-made synthetic materials that were neither biodegradable nor from a sustainable source. What's more, they provided questionable sleep and supportive benefits to the mattress. We believed that natural fibres were best, and we set out to make a mattress that contained just that – without any chemical additives whatsoever. We also wanted to make sure that our packaging was environmentally friendly. Since then we have continued to develop our range and improve our products, remaining true to our guiding principles. All the ingredients that go into a Naturalmat product are 100% natural and from a sustainable resource that is harvested according to Fair Trade principles. Where possible, we buy from local sources and we always make an effort to keep our carbon footprint as low as possible. At the end of their life, all our materials are 100% biodegradable, so they will return to nature as nature intended. All our mattresses are made by hand in our purpose-built factory in Topsham, on the banks of the River Exe, Devon. We believe that people, not machines, make a superior, longer-lasting product. Our team of craftspeople ensure every stitch, every fibre, every tufting button and every cover is painstakingly created, teased and checked. When a mattress leaves our factory, we are confident it will give years of long-lasting comfort.








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Training provider


Apprenticeship standard

Furniture manufacturer

Level 2 (GCSE)

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