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Part Time Upholstery Tutor, Stirling, Scotland

Based in Stirling, Scotland, we are looking for a professionally trained and qualified upholsterer, with a wide variety of experience within the industry to teach traditional and modern upholstery techniques to our students.Someone who is able to work to a high standard both in a team environment and independently.The position is currently 2 days per week with the possibly of rising to 3 days.

We would be happy to consider an AMUSF Qualified to Diploma Stage 3 graduate who has gained good sound work experience with a practitioner since qualification.

Being an approved training provider for Upholstery courses accredited by the Association of Master Upholsterers and Soft Furnishers (AMUSF) the three stage curriculum work is assessed throughout the period of study.

For further information please contact Jackie’s email address <info@upholsterycrafttraining.com>

We are also currently looking to recruit a trainee tutor (Upholstery Technician) to bring on, and again a recently qualified Diploma Stage 3 graduate, who is willing to combine starting work experience along with tutor training, would fit the bill.

Re-Upholsterer Wanted – Chirk

Richmond Upholstery is a family business. Established over 40 years ago. Our client base is top end, and we specialise in Re-upholstery, Curtains and all soft Furnishings, Situated on the wonderful North Wales / Shropshire border in the small town of Chirk.

Due to another exceptional year to satisfy our clients and cope with the high demand for our work we urgently need an upholsterer with experience in antiques and modern furniture.

Ideal Candidate

You will need to be an experienced Upholsterer, with the following skills :

-Cutting and Sewing

-Previous experience of using leather

-Deep buttoning

-Work on own initiative

-Have a keen eye for detail

-Have pride in your work

Loose cover experience would be a great advantage

This is a permanent position.     Excellent salary.     3 month trial period.      Work Place Pension.

Please contact :    richmondupholstery@hotmail.co.uk

Shoreditch Design Rooms – Made in London and London Craft Week

From 10th April until 7th May, Shoreditch Design Rooms will be displaying and demonstrating in the iconic Heals Department Store on Tottetnham Court Road as part of the “Made in London” Modern Craft Market that Heals is staging. Alongside a handful of other makers and designers, Shoreditch Design Rooms will be displaying a range of bespoke products: some restored and upholstered antique cinema seats (reclaimed from a 1930’s German cinema) as well as a range of specially designed foot and bar stools. Alongside our display area in the main window of Heals, SDR will also have a live workshop space in store running demonstrations and displays of traditional and modern upholstery.

On Sat 22nd and Sat 29th April we will also be running some 3 hour footstool workshops where people can learn how to upholster a stool and then take it away with them!

Everyone at SDR is hugely excited about this wonderful opportunity and we’d love to see as many of the AMUSF community pop by for a visit whenever they can over the month that we’re in store!!

For London Craft Week (3rd – 7th May) we will be opening our studio up to the public to come and see us work on and upholster an iconic piece of designer furniture throughout the week – we’re hoping this will be a Papa Bear chair by Hans Wegner which will be stripped right back and built up with various updates and pics throughout the week.

Then on Sunday 7th May we will be holding a  3 hour upholstery taster workshop where people can come in and upholster themselves a brand new footstool for them to take away.

Louise Boyland of Shoreditch Design Rooms, upholstery training centre and workshop.

Upholstery Technician – London Met University

We seek an Upholstery technician to support our Upholstery academics and students throughout the year. This is a technical support role which will involve planning, developing and delivering practical components of the course as well as ensuring all equipment and materials are prepared for lessons, kept in working order and organising the upkeep of the workshop and student’s work.

For full details of how to apply, job description and remuneration please click here.

Forthcoming Training Courses from the Furniture Ombudsman

The Furniture Ombudsman

Upcoming training

AMUSF is an Affiliate Member of The Furniture Ombudsman (TFO) which means that all members of AMUS benefit from discounted rates on all TFO training.

Book your next training session in advance to ensure you have your place secure. Enquiries on any of the below course can be made to Judith Turner by e-mail jturner@thefurnitureombudsman.org or by phone on 0333 241 3209. Bookings should be made through Sarah Griffett by e-mail sgriffett@thefurnitureombudsman.org or by phone on 0207 042 6494. 

Pricing and advertising compliance

The course covers the latest Trading Standards guidance released in December 2016 in relation to pricing, including CAP and BCAP codes, self-regulation, and the role of regulatory bodies within the consumer landscape. We will discuss specific examples, including sale prices, retail prices, price comparisons and free offers, relevant case law and ASA decisions.

This will next be on:

05 July 2017

Time: 9:30am to 3:30pm with lunch provided Place: Stevenage Cost: £150 + VAT for Full members, and members of AMUSF Find out what the course will cover on our website.

The course will cover

– General purposes of advertising and legal status of an advert – Overview of the legal and regulatory framework – Pricing advertising – Specific examples and how the legislative and regulatory framework applies to them

Why attend?

– Perform better in your current job – Understand current legislation relating to pricing in practical terms – Ensure compliance with relevant legislation 

Principles of consumer law & understanding upholstery complaints

This course is designed to equip delegates with all the information necessary to ensure that they are confident in their understanding of consumer legislation, and to aid them in their understanding of the issues surrounding upholstery complaints. The course draws from the experience of The Ombudsman in handling thousands of upholstery complaints and disputes.

This will next be on:

19 October 2017

Time: 9:30am to 3:30pm with lunch provided Place: Stevenage Cost: £150 + VAT for Full members, and members of AMUSF Find out what the course will cover on our website. 

Two-day accredited City & Guilds training

The course is designed to cover the legal and regulatory framework, including key legislation that must be considered in relation to pricing, self-regulation including CAP and BCAP codes, and the role of regulatory bodies within the consumer landscape.

Whilst first day covers legalities, the second day is designed around behaviour and dealing with complaints. Upon completion of this course, all delegates receive a City & Guilds accreditation provided they pass a validation.

This will next be on:

11, 12 July 2017

7, 8 November 2017

Time: 9:30am to 3:30pm with lunch provided Place: Stevenage Cost: £450 + VAT for Full members, and members of AMUSF Find out what the course will cover on our website.

New Board members for the AMUSF

At the AGM held in October we were delighted to welcome Louise Boyland of Shoreditch Design Rooms and Maureen Whitemore of Whitemore and Thwaytes as newly elected members of the board. They filled the vacancies left by the retirement from the board of Des Fanning and Robbie Richardson who both served with distinction for many years.

mwsmall-002Maureen Whitemore  (left) and Louise Boyland (right)            louise-boyland