About WEBS Training

WEBS Training is a well-established independent training provider, serving the Furniture Manufacturing sector for more than 50 years.


Originally set up to respond to skills shortages in the sector, WEBS now offer a one stop shop to employers having expanded its training and apprenticeship offer to business services support apprenticeships including administration, warehousing, customer service, trade supplier and learning mentor.

Training is currently offered at its Beeston site in Nottingham and/or on employer premises.

Fundamental to WEBS ethos is its mission is “to deliver a high quality and progressive training service that is responsive to the needs of learners and employers”.

Through our business values, highly skilled staff and excellent training facilities, WEBS Training will help to promote opportunities, offer an inspiring learning environment and stimulate success in the achievement of nationally recognised qualifications/apprenticeship standards, maximising individual potential and career aspirations. For employers WEBS combine educational expertise with in-depth knowledge of local industry to offer a cost effective, flexible and commercial approach to the delivery of training.


WEBS was graded by Ofsted as ‘Good’ in March 2017. Here are some key judgements highlighted by inspectors:

  • Leaders and managers have established excellent working relationships with a wide range of small- and medium-sized employers in the furniture manufacture sector across the East Midlands. Employers work with WEBS trainers and managers to ensure that the design of the apprenticeship programme closely meets their specialist needs, as well as those of their apprentices.
  • Trainers ensure that WEBS’ apprenticeship programme meets in full the principles and requirements of good-quality apprenticeship training. They provide good support and guidance to apprentices. Trainers have extensive industrial experience and work closely with employers to ensure that programmes match apprentices’ workplace needs and aspirations. Apprentices enjoy their learning and value the skills they attain in the training centre and the workplace, and they become very well equipped to succeed in the furniture-making industry.
  • Apprentices are keen to learn and gain the skills to operate specialist machinery and hand tools confidently and quickly. As a result, they contribute well to their employers’ businesses, and many go on to supervisory or technical roles.
  • Apprentices enjoy their work and studies. They become highly confident and are proud of their achievements.
  • Many apprentices improve their standard of work quickly and are able to work at a commercial pace, which employers acknowledge and value….and the  enhanced roles that many apprentices are quickly able to perform in the workplace. For example, one apprentice skilfully upholstered a double sofa, ensuring that they aligned all patterns and that arm pleats were even and consistent across both arms….One advanced apprentice was able to demonstrate technically challenging skills in deep-buttoning in a particularly thick, hand-crafted leather sofa.


To view our full Inspection report please click here


Our Success


The final validated success rates have now been published for 2017/18.

The overall national success rate is 67.3% (Apprenticeships). This compares with WEBS overall success rate of 78.95%.

When compared against Engineering & Manufacturing which is the bulk of our provision, WEBS is 77.6% compared to a national rate of 71.9% and a provider type of 73.8%.

During 2018/19 we have had 42 apprentices go through the new Apprenticeship Standard End Point Assessment of which 91% achieved at least a pass or above, of which 67% achieved a Distinction.