Furniture Manufacturer (Modern Upholstery) Apprenticeship Level 2


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A modern upholsterer is a skilled and methodical individual capable of creating ergonomic and comfortable furniture using both traditional and modern techniques, materials and fabrics.

This apprenticeship is suitable for you if you who have been offered employment or are already working within the furniture or marine upholstery industry. 

Please visit our website for a list of our current apprenticeship vacancies.

Why choose Brock for Furniture Manufacturer (Modern Upholstery) Apprenticeship Level 2?

At Brockenhurst College we have invested in new specialist facilities dedicated to upholstery.

All learners will be fully supported throughout the course by the teaching and assessing team, who bring a wide range of skills and experience in both upholstery and business. 

Teaching & learning

You will complete tasks set both in college and by your assessor for the workplace.

You will work on several practical tasks to develop knowledge, to include sample boards using suspensions, shaping fillings, producing deep buttoning, creating a template and experimenting with finishings and trimmings.

You will also study the theory of upholstery and develop a range of skills that can improve your promotion prospects. These include health and safety, good housekeeping and problem-solving.

At the end you will undertake an End Point Assessment (EPA) to ensure you are working to the required level.

Training structure

This course will combine workplace training with one-day-a-week at college. The college day will combine both practical and theoretical training.

You will produce items of upholstery to develop a portfolio of work that will be assessed both in the workplace and at college.

An official assessor will visit your workplace regularly and set additional tasks. 

You will also complete 20% off-the-job training, which may include work-shadowing, off-site visits and research.

Minimum entry requirements

  • GCSE Maths and English at grade 4 or above.
  • Experience is welcome but not essential.
  • It is essential that you have an enthusiasm to learn and develop practical skills. 

How will I be assessed?

Assessment will take place continuously throughout the course as you develop your skills and knowledge.

This will happen in several ways including through observation of practical work, set assignments, questions and answers, written tests, presentation assessment, job reports and the End Point Assessment (EPA).

Information & support

  • You will be expected to wear appropriate personal protective equipment. 
  • There may be an opportunity to purchase an upholstery tool-kit from the College.
  • You will need to purchase materials for items you wish to keep.

What can I do with this Apprenticeship?

As a successful leaver you may consider additional education and development opportunities including Level 3 qualifications.

Options at Level 3 comprise continuing in Modern Upholstery or developing skills in traditional upholstery.

Some Level 2 learners have progressed to setting up businesses.

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