Upholstery Apprenticeship Lang & Potter

A unique opportunity to learn Modern Upholstery working with beautiful fabrics and designs within busy workshops. The apprentice will learn all aspects of marine upholstery including sewing, cutting, foaming to frames, helm seat design and marine sofas. The apprentice will produce high-end products which will travel the world on superyachts.

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Closing date: 09 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

    Monday - Thursday: 7.30am - 4.30pm. Friday: 7.30am - 12.30pm. (Under 18 year olds will be required to work 37 hours per week)

    Total hours per week: 39

  • Expected duration

    24 Months

  • Possible start date

    09 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    27 Mar 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    5 available

What you will do in your working day

  • As an apprentice within our marine upholstery department, you will learn all aspects of Modern Upholstery from pattern matching to templating, cutting, foaming and covering of all furniture that goes onto super yachts. The furniture can range from sofas, mattresses, beds, sunbeds and panels, as well as working with luxury soft furnishings
  • You will learn how to work with leather, suede and other difficult materials as well as how to use cutting tools, saws, staple guns and upholstery tools
  • You may also be required to go onto the site to fit the products which will involve working on marinas and luxury yachts. You will work with specialists within their field of work to get the best training and deliver a high-end product

The training you will be getting

  • You will undertake the modern upholstery route of the Furniture Manufacturing Level 2 Apprenticeship Standard and be based in Plympton Plymouth at our large workshops
  • You will be assigned a mentor and trainer to support you with your training and development
  • College will attend the workplace one day a week to enhance and develop your skills and support with the theory aspect of the apprenticeship
  • You will also be working within our workshops however time will be covered moving around the business and working on site and luxury yachts
  • At the end of the two-year apprenticeship, you will become a skilled Modern Upholsterer and the opportunity to train and develop others could be an option

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • You will become a key member of our team working as a qualified Upholsterer
  • You could become a Technical Specialist with the option to train other apprentices, you may like to look at becoming a supervisor of your own department, but you may rather venture into other departments and enhance your knowledge across the company
  • During your apprenticeship you will be assessed and progression will be discussed regularly with you

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Problem solving skills, Team working, Creative, Initiative, Proactive and can-do attitude, Good hand eye coordination, Dependability


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 4 or above) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 4 or above) Essential

About the employer

Lang and Potter are a family run company operating predominately in and around the south west, projects can lead further afield with international work being carried out. We provide luxury products which cover marine clients, mattress makers, flooring, MOD contracts and bespoke car trimming to name but a few.


Lang & Potter


Lang & Potter Marine Ltd Galileo Close Newnham Industrial

Estate Plymouth



Jenny Westgate


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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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