Apprentice sewing Machinist Lebus Upholstery Ltd

We are seeking a motivated individual to join our team as an Apprentice Sewing Machinist. This is a fantastic opportunity for someone who is passionate about sewing and eager to learn the intricacies of the trade. As an apprentice, you will work alongside experienced craftspeople, honing your skills in all aspects of furniture manufacturing.

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Closing date: 01 Aug 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

    06.15 – 15.15 Monday – Thursday 06.30 – 13.50 Friday 2 x 20 minute breaks

    Total hours per week: 39

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    02 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    24 Jun 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    4 available

What you will do in your working day

You will develop skills in a variety of roles, which include working on lockstitch, overlock and twin needled machines. You will also be working on plain and more intricate items which are used to build the finished item of furniture. And you will develop the skills needed to be able to maintain these machines, to ensure they are set up right, and operate as required.

  • Receive boxes of bundles from the line feeder and check that all zips are present and correct and request further boxes throughout the day as required.

  • Check ticket set is with the bundle and remove; retain the personal ticket and sort the necessary remainder into the sequence required for insertion during sewing as required by other departments.

  • Remove bundle of pieces from the box and sort out if necessary into a logical sequence.

  • Identify your work by either writing or sewing in identity marks on all sewn pieces.

  • Check pieces for flaws and request re-cuts from the line feeder as necessary; advises line feeder of need for more cotton, zips, etc.

  • Sew pieces according to specification, check pile and pattern, direction if necessary, sewing in darts, pleating and gathers, inserting piping cord, elastic and zips, attaching fibretex, adjusting and easing the fit of components as appropriate, webbing, lining and other sundry items as required by the specification.

  • Sew in work tickets and labels as required by the specification and return pieces to the box.


  • Genuine interest in sewing and a desire to pursue a career in the industry.
  • Strong work ethic and willingness to learn from experienced professionals.
  • Excellent attention to detail and manual dexterity.
  • Ability to follow instructions and work effectively as part of a team.


  • This apprenticeship offers hands-on training and mentorship from experienced craftspeople.
  • Being awarded 'Apprentice of the Month' is rewarded with a voucher.
  • Opportunity for career advancement within the company.
  • A supportive and collaborative work environment.

The training you will be getting

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

During your Standard Level 2 Furniture Manufacturer apprenticeship programme you will receive training both off and on the job. You will be trained at the employer within the workplace. You will learn the underpinning knowledge that runs alongside your practical elements of the training. 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 sewing machining 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.

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

Progression within the organisation with more responsibility.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • Progression within the organisation with more responsibility.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Logical, Team working, Creative, Initiative, Physical fitness


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

About the employer

The employer was established in 1840, and has become one of the largest furniture manufacturers of UK produced upholstery, based in North Lincolnshire. They work in a purpose-built 250,000 square feet factory supplying a wide range of furniture retailers across the UK and Ireland. They are renowned in the industry for their quality of workmanship and design.


Lebus Upholstery Ltd


Queensway Business Centre

Dunlop Way, Queensway Industrial Estate


DN16 3RN

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Training provider


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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