Soft Furnishing Production Apprentice (35511) INTERIORS NEWCO LIMITED

A fantastic opportunity is available at Airline Services Interiors in Wythenshawe. This role will allow the candidate to develop various skills required within a busy textile manufacturing environment. A Lean Manufacturing Operative will be expected to carry out their work safely and meet the exacting quality standards demanded in a fast paced and efficient processing environment and develop into a multi-skilled operator through process ownership.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

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Closing date: 31 Mar 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday 7am - 4pm, Tuesday - Thursday 7am - 4.30pm, Friday 7.30am - 12pm

    Total hours per week: 40.0

  • Expected duration

    12 Months

  • Possible start date

    10 Apr 2023

  • Date posted

    15 Nov 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

To learn all aspects of aircraft curtain/seat cover production including:

  • Drawings
  • Cutting
  • Embroidery
  • Assemble of curtains/covers
  • Pleating/pressing
  • Quality control
  • Components of curtains
  • Checking/Inspecting processes
  • Packaging


  • To assist the cutting of bespoke curtains and seat covers
  • To be able to lay cut using detailed patterns
  • Gain experience of using Eastman cutting machine
  • To be able to hand cut fabrics
  • Gain experience of reading detailed technical drawings, outlining the cutting details for curtails/covers

Curtain Assembly:

  • To receive cut work from the cutting dept
  • Issuing the cut work to the machinists for make up in accordance with details on drawings
  • To monitor that the curtains are correctly assembled
  • To develop the necessary skills required to be a jig operator
  • To liaise with all members of the production team when required
  • Operating the studding machine
  • To be responsible for reporting stock levels to the Production Supervisor
  • To complete any required curtain samples, working with design staff when required
  • Gain experience of reading detailed technical drawings, outlining all details of curtails/covers construction


  • To carry out all embroidery duties, including curtain part numbers, headrest covers etc., making sure that a high level of workmanship is maintained
  • To maintain correct stock levels for embroidery
  • To fill in all relevant paperwork for embroidery, including keeping your own accurate records of threads and designs used
  • Ability to prioritise their work duties i.e. requirements with embroidery against requirements with curtains
  • To monitor quality for all embroidery

Pleating & Pressing:

  • To press curtain pieces in preparation for pleating
  • To pleat all curtain pieces to the correct pleat size
  • Follow correct procedures when using the autoclave
  • Once pleated, curtain sections to be grouped accordingly
  • To learn any new work procedures and systems required within the production pleating/pressing department


  • To work with all members of the inspection team in ensuring that inspection flow is maintained to meet set targets
  • Gain experience of reading detailed technical drawings required when inspecting all critical areas of manufacture
  • Check that a consistently high quality of sewing and general workmanship is maintained
  • Liaising with production/cutting supervisors when required
  • To maintain correct stock levels for the inspection department, notifying the Production Manager when stocks are low
  • Organise and prioritise workloads when required, particularly in the absence of the Inspection Supervisor
  • Monitor progress of workloads and report any problems to the Production Manager
  • To always maintain communication and feedback to the production management team
  • To liaise with certification staff when required
  • To liaise with design staff in relation to drawings and patterns

How you will be supported:

Full training and support will be provided by The Growth Company to help you achieve your apprenticeship and reach your full potential in your role.

What will happen next?

New applicants to The Growth Company who meet any basic entry requirements of the role will be contacted within two working days to be invited to meet a member of our team.

You will then have the opportunity to find out:

  • More about this vacancy and any others you are suitable for
  • Any training you need to complete
  • What the next steps will be

What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?

Full apprenticeship training provided, working towards an Intermediate Level Apprenticeship gaining a EAL Level 2 Diploma in Manufacturing (knowledge and skills).

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

Possible progression within the company and progression onto the next level apprenticeship.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Team working, Initiative, Numeracy and writing skills, Textile skills, Good attendance, Punctual, Self-motivated, Friendly & approachable manner, Flexible, Conscientious


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade A*-C/9-4) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade A*-C/9-4) Essential

About the employer

Airline Services Interiors has been an established service provider to the Aviation industry for more than 35 years and since 2018 are proud to be part of the Lantal Textiles AG Group of companies. With our in-house capabilities we design, manufacture and certify a range of aircraft interior components from seat & cabin components to soft furnishings. We also carry out seat refurbishment and cabin upgrades for many different airlines.




Canberra House Robeson Way Sharston Green Business Park


M22 4SX

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Training provider


Apprenticeship standard

Lean manufacturing operative

Level 2 (GCSE)

Employer's Application Instructions

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

Apply now

Closing date: 31 Mar 2023