Farnham, Surrey Upholsterer Required

Arford Upholstery www.arfordupholstery.co.uk with Clare Laughland Interiors  www.clarelaughland.co.uk

Farnham, Surrey based busy upholstery and soft furnishings business is looking for an upholsterer either experienced or trained to UIC2 or UDP3 level.

This is a full-time position for someone who is serious about a career in upholstery, lots of training will be given in all aspects of both modern and traditional upholstery, so it’s a great opportunity.

For more information , including salary, please contact us at hello@arfordupholstery.co.uk or on 01428 712886 to speak with Robert.



Re-Upholstery Support Worker

Job Title:                           Re-upholstery Support Worker

Responsible to:                 Reuse Projects Manager

Location:                           Various sites but based at Merlin’s Bridge, Pembrokeshire

Salary:                               £10,000 (£25000) FTE

Hours of work:                 15 hours

12-month Fixed Term Funded Contract


This one year part time role is funded by the WCVA Landfill Tax Community Fund to support the development of reuse projects at Pembrokeshire FRAME, to develop and deliver a new furniture re-upholstery social enterprise called FRAME Furniture Surgery and to provide support and guidance to participants, volunteers and members of the local community through a series of workshops and supported learning sessions. Pembrokeshire FRAME are looking to recruit a Re-upholstery Support Worker with proven experience over a number of years in traditional upholstery to deliver part of their exciting new 12-month Green Shed Re-users Project.

The FRAME Furniture Surgery will run a workshop offering support and work experience to people with disabilities and mental health issues including those with complex personal histories and people with a range of support needs. The Re-upholstery Support Worker will be responsible for all aspects of the workshop including developing and implementing a programme of work that is appropriate to the needs of participants and that helps to improve their confidence, skills and wellbeing. Upholstery workshops will also be delivered to members of the local community and school groups.

The FRAME Furniture Surgery will be run as a social enterprise and the Re-upholstery Support Worker will be responsible for promoting and developing an in-house furniture upholstery service for items purchased in our shops or for customers own items.

If you have any questions about the role, please email: sian@frameltd.co.uk  in the first instance.

For more information and to apply please visit our website https://www.pembrokeshire-frame.org.uk/vacancies

FIESTA – The Furniture and Interiors Education, Skills and Training Alliance

Press release

13 June 2017

Let the FIESTA commence

Trade associations from across the UK furniture and interiors industries have united under a single banner, the Furniture and Interiors Education, Skills and Training Alliance (FIESTA), to combat the threat of a widening skills gap.

The new organisation aims to unite and inspire furniture and interiors businesses, helping the industry to become a sector of choice within the UK by facilitating internationally recognised skills development.

FIESTA will provide a forum that allows its stakeholders to identify, clarify, promote and engage with all issues and needs relating to education, training and skills for people of all ages and businesses of all sizes across the furniture and interiors industry.

The alliance will be employer-led and bring the industry together through an inclusive approach. It will aim to streamline skills provision to avoid duplication of resources and enable easy access to the highest quality education and skills training.

FIESTA will work with the British Furniture Confederation to communicate education and training needs to the government.

The trade associations represented at the first meeting, held at Furniture Makers’ Hall on Monday 22 May, were: The Association of Master Upholsterers and Soft Furnishers, The British Contract Furnishing Association, The British Furniture Manufacturers Association, The Furniture Makers’ Company, The Kitchen, Bedrooms, Bathrooms National Training Group, The Kitchen, Bathroom, Bedroom Specialists Association, The Kitchen Education Trust and The National Bed Federation.

The need for a dedicated industry forum to identify and discuss education and training requirements was proposed at The Furniture Makers’ Company’s Bridging the Gap Apprenticeship Levy conference and welcomed by professionals from across the UK furniture and interiors industry.

Gary Baker, managing director of CDUK, the distributor of Corian® in the UK and Ireland, has been appointed as chairman of the new alliance.