Sewing Manufacturing Apprentice J & C JOEL LIMITED (DIRECTORS)

We are offering an apprenticeship within our manufacturing team to learn and develop as a competent sewing machinist. Your duties will include learning how to make drapes and fabric elements for events and the entertainment industry. You will also complete a Manufacturing Operative Apprenticeship (Level 2) programme through the Textile Centre of Excellence Academy.

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Closing date: 09 Jun 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday to Thursday 08:30 - 17:00 (with 45 minute lunch) Friday 09:00 - 15:00 (with 45 minute lunch)

    Total hours per week: 36.25

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    03 Jul 2023

  • Date posted

    03 May 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

·       Master the operation of the sewing machines to manufacture drapery elements to a high standard and carry out regular quality checks, identifying any faults within the process.
·       Work with the allocated trainer to learn the basic techniques of manufacture, then progressing onto our more non-standard techniques once the basics have been mastered.
·       Carry out basic servicing on the sewing machines, including cleaning on our range of Flat bed and Overlocking machines.
·       Learn from on-site visits to amend and repair drapery using your basic skills.
·       Master the ability to understand technical drawings and specifications that will aid in the manufacture of all creative and bespoke elements.
·       Ensure your workspace is kept clean, tidy, and organised with a methodical approach to your work.
·       Learn all manufacturing procedures needed to ensure all drapery and fabric elements are manufactured to the correct specifications.
·       Maintain a basic level of Health & Safety in all work practices and ensure, where necessary, any supplied PPE is utilised.
·       Ensure compliance to all policies, practices, and procedures at all times.
·       Any other ad-hoc duties considered reasonable, as requested by the Manufacturing Production Manager.

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

  • At the end of the apprenticeship, the successful candiate will obtain a Textile Manufacturing Operative Apprenticeship level 2 programme. Additional training will be given in house by our Senior team to ensure all elements of manufacture are fully learnt and understood.
  • Training will predominately be given in house but the learner will also attend knowledge sessions at the textiles college in Huddersfield.
  • Functional Skills in maths and English, if required.

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

Natural progression would be to continue in the business as a trainee sewing machinist, progressing on to a sewing machinist and senior sewing machinist. Other routes are into the creative area, working on design and more detailed work, such as applique and intracate designs.

Other routes include produciton and planning and management.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Team working, Creative, Initiative, Physical fitness, Proactiveness


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 4) Desired
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 4) Desired

Things to consider

The work carried in the J&C Joel Manufacturing team can be heavy, large and bulky at times, but also delicate, intricate and fragile, depending on what the customer desires. Physical stamina would be require to move fabric around the sewing machine table.

About the employer

Established in 1978, J&C Ltd is one of the world’s leading manufactures and installers of flame-retardant fabrics, flooring, drapery and stage engineering solutions. The award winning, Yorkshire-based company has a achieved a global reach through an international network of facilities, based in the UK, Europe, UAE, Vietnam, Hong Kong and Macau. The company has completed numerous highly acclaimed drapery and stage engineering projects, in some of the world’s most prestigious establishments, across a range of sectors. J&C Joel places a strong emphasis on the adoption of its values across its business, which focuses on the customer, excellence, innovation, partnerships and pride. Furthermore, the company holds a strong belief that its people are what make the business so special.









Joanne Wheelwright

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Apprenticeship standard

Textile manufacturing operative

Level 2 (GCSE)

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