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Upholstery Sewing Machinist Apprenticeship MANTHORPE FURNITURE LTD

We wish to recruit an enthusiastic Apprentice to join our Upholstery Sewing team. The successful candidate will be trained in all aspects of Upholstery Sewing 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: 31 Oct 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    performance increase in wage after probation

    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 - Friday 9.00am - 5.00pm

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    15 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 Nov 2022

  • Date posted

    01 Sep 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

  • 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 traditional methods such as slip stitch, tacking and hand sewing
  • Use a range of hand tools including scissors, shears, staple lifter
  • Cutting materials with templates
  • Working on Sewing Machines and Cutting Machines
  • Sewing fabrics ready for upholstery

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

During your Furniture Manufacturing Level 2  apprenticeship programme you will receive training both off and on the job. You will be required to attend WEBS Training on Block release basis which is five times per year for a week at a time, the rest of the time you will be within the workplace. You will use a wide range of techniques whilst you complete a practical project. Training will be provided in all areas of Sewing and Cutting to ensure you can create practical and bespoke soft furnishings. 

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

Progression Opportunities:

  • Advanced Apprenticeship in Modern Upholstery Level 3, traditional Upholstery Level 3, Supervision or Furniture design Level

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Presentation skills, Team working, Creative, Physical fitness


GCSE or equivalent Maths English (Grade C/4) Desired

About the employer

We're a small family owned business based in Grantham, Lincolnshire, with over 40 years experience in the furniture industry. Furniture is our passion and we specialise in every element, from creating a bespoke new piece, to giving your old furniture a new lease of life. With our fully equipped workshop alongside our wealth of skill and expertise we can ensure the highest standards of quality and finish, delivered at an affordable price.




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Training provider



Emma Dougan


Apprenticeship standard

Furniture manufacturer

Level 2 (GCSE)

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