We wish to recruit enthusiastic Apprentices to join our Upholstery Workshop. The successful candidates will be trained in all aspects of Upholstery, through WEBS structured training program as well as on the job training. You will learn practical hands on skills and techniques to produce different types of furniture components.

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Closing date: 08 Jul 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    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, 7:00am - 4:00pm. This role will involve shift work.

    Total hours per week: 40.0

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    24 Jul 2024

  • Date posted

    17 Apr 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

  • Stripping down items of furniture from covers back to the wooden frame.
  • 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.
  • Filling cushions using fibre, foam and feathers.
  • 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
  • Sewing fabrics ready for upholstery.
  • Good housekeeping and general labouring duties.
  • Good organisation workloads ready production.
  • Working with mechanical components from recliner actions to bed actions.
  • Completing leather repair and service work to furniture
  • Checking and ordering new stock, managing storage of stock.
  • Working as part of a team on piece work production.
  • Working independently, using your own initiative.

The training you will be getting

  • During your apprenticeship programme you will receive training both off and on the job. 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 upholstery to ensure you are capable carrying out your role using 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 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.
  • Level 2 Furniture Manufacturing qualification gained at end of apprenticeship.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • Advanced Apprenticeship in a trade specific role
  • Progression within the organisation with more responsibility

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Presentation skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Creative, Initiative


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

About the employer

Here at South West Upholstery we pride ourselves on offering reliable upholstery, re-upholstery and soft furnishing services in Bristol, Bath, and further afield. We are transparent in our approach, with written quotations always provided, and clear communication along the way. Our family-run business has been around for 18 years and counting, having started out in a garden shed and now developing into a multi-site business with a team of dedicated upholsterers and sales team. Family is still at the heart of the business, with a father and son team at the helm and very much a feeling of family among the team members.




Unit 7

Novers Hill Trading Estate

Novers Hill


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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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