Survival Equipment Sewing Machinist Apprentice SURVIVAL EQUIPMENT SERVICES LTD

This is an exciting opportunity where you will be working within a small friendly team learning all the skills needed to make the specialised survival products the company manufactures. Each day is different, and you will learn all the skills associated with each product. Duties will include operating cutting machines, reading drawings and technical manuals, plus much more.

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Closing date: 30 Jan 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Performance reviews carried out regularly

    Wages explained

    Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that's part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

    Minimum Wage Rates

  • Working week

    8 am to 6pm Monday to Thursday

    Total hours per week: 38

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    28 Feb 2024

  • Date posted

    16 May 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

Job description and main duties:

  • Operate several types of industrial sewing machines
  • Operate cutting machines
  • Identify various fabrics and webbings
  • Read drawings and technical manuals
  • Manufacture various survival products
  • Adhere to all H&S requirements

Working as a team and individually as part of a skilled Survival Equipment team, the apprentice machinist will be responsible for sewing of parachutes, harnesses and all other related fabric components connected to survival, by working to drawings, technical manuals and following set procedures.

Once trained and fully competent you will be actively involved with and responsible for the full process from cutting set patterns from raw materials right through to the correct packing and labelling of products.

You will generally work on small precision batches of products and so the work will be quite varied.

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

All training will take place within the workplace with a dedicated Assessor visiting on a regular basis to carry out reviews, observations and set coursework targets.

You will work towards the Level 2 Sewing Machinist Standard, and this may also include maths and English Functional skills (though this is dependent on your GCSE grades or equivalent and could be exempt).

You will have an e-portfolio for submitting your work and you must log your Off the Job Training on a daily basis.

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

  • Long-term employment for the right candidate
  • Opportunities for progression within the company

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Presentation skills, Administrative skills, Number skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Creative, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience, Physical fitness, Willing to learn, Pride in your work, Punctual, Reliable, Able to work under pressure, Good sense of humour, Knowledge of sewing machines


GCSE or equivalent Maths and English (Literature or Language) (Grade A*-C or 4-9) Essential

Things to consider

Own transport or means to get to and from work.

About the employer

Survival Equipment Services (SES) are an independent company specialising in the servicing of escape systems & survival equipment for military and civilian applications. We specialise in providing a complete bespoke service & overhaul of Martin-Baker aircrew ejection seats & survival systems including fabric components, parachute assemblies and ejection seat cartridges. SES have designed and developed several personal survival items and rescue equipment including personal survival packs, life jackets, life rafts and rescue stretchers. In addition, we widely service and maintain survival equipment including personal survival packs, aircrew helmets and life rafts/life jackets.








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Apprenticeship standard

Sewing machinist

Level 2 (GCSE)

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