Cutting, sewing and upholstery apprenticeship William Hands

We are looking for an enthusiastic person to join our upholstery team at William Hands to learn the art of cutting and sewing and upholstering furniture, which will lead to becoming an upholsterer under the Furniture manufacturers apprenticeship scheme. You ideally will have a general interest in sewing and making items.

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Closing date: 20 May 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday - Thursday: 7am - 4pm Friday: 7am - 12pm (10-minute morning break and 30-minute lunch break Monday - Thursday)

    Total hours per week: 39

  • Expected duration

    24 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 Jul 2024

  • Date posted

    26 Mar 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

  • Learning all aspects of cutting and sewing fabric and leather for chairs
  • Learning about making jigs and templates
  • Learning how to upholster over a chair frame
  • Understanding all aspects of a modern upholsterer

The training you will be getting

  • Qualification will be Level 2 Furniture Manufacturer (with Upholstery as the pathway)
  • All training will be carried out on our site at High Wycombe in the factory
  • One day per 6 weeks an external trainer will visit for specific training
  • One day per week will be spent on the computer doing coursework

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • To be a part of our Upholstery team as a permanent member

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Attention to detail, Team working, Patience, Physical fitness


GCSE or equivalent English and Maths (Grade 5) Desired

Things to consider

We manufacture in an old building, over 3 levels with steep stairs. There is no lift available. You need to be able to walk about the factory unassisted

About the employer

William Hands was founded in 1906 making furniture. We have been manufacturing from the original site on which the company was founded ever since, William Hands is a symbol of the success and evolution of the British furniture industry.


William Hands




HP12 3DX


debbie browne


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Adjustments for experience

You could reduce your training time, or finish your apprenticeship faster, if you have relevant prior learning or experience. This could be relevant:

  • training
  • qualifications, like an NVQ in a relevant field
  • industry or sector experience

Apprenticeship standard

Furniture manufacturer

Level 2 (GCSE)

Demonstrating experience

If your application is successful, you will have a chance to discuss your relevant prior learning or experience with your training provider and employer. You will all need to agree any adjustments to your training plan.

You should be prepared to show your competence, and evidence of relevant qualifications

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