Sewing Machinist Apprentice CAMERON BALLOONS LTD

This is an exciting opportunity to work for Cameron Balloons where you will use twin and single-needle industrial sewing-machines to make hot-air balloons for flying passengers, sport, advertising, marketing and even for breaking world records and competitions! You will be joining a family team of dedicated and enthusiastic staff.

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Closing date: 29 May 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    If 16-17years old £6.81 / hour If 18-20years old £8.83 / hour If 21-22years old & above £11.45/hour

  • Working week

    Mondays to Fridays. 8.30am to 10.30am (15minutes paid break) 10.45am to 12.30pm (1hour lunch unpaid). then 1.30pm to 3.15pm (15minutes paid break) 3.30pm to 4.30pm.

    Total hours per week: 35.0

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    29 Jun 2024

  • Date posted

    10 Jan 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    3 available

What you will do in your working day

Job Description and Main Duties:

  • Using industrial sewing machines
  • Sewing skills to create the hot air balloon envelopes
  • Learning sewing techniques, eg; double seam stitching
  • Attending inflations
  • Cutting of fabric experience
  • Following patterns to create the envelopes
  • Excellent attention to detail – this is the most important skill.
    Everything else taught in incremental stages
  • To be able to take and follow instructions exactly and to be willing to be part of a team
  • Good listening skills and being able to retain work practices and skill level
  • Being prepared to complete carefully crafted training pieces and work items to agreed reasonable deadlines
  • Consistent, regular attendance in a tidy and professional manner
  • Cheerful and enthusiastic conduct
  • Work flexibility; working on a number of a different tasks or working independently as required
  • Being able to cope with physically busy and active work
  • Some or total familiarity with industrial sewing machines is highly useful but good confident use of domestic sewing machines and a variety of fabrics is of greater importance at this stage

The training you will be getting

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 L2 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 to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

Long term employment for the right candidate.

Opportunities for progression within the company – to work on internationally acclaimed projects and globally recognised special-shape hot-air balloons and other inflated products.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Presentation skills, Administrative skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Creative, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience, Physical fitness, Hands-on Creativity, Able to use industrial machine, Adhere to H&S Rules, Can meet deadlines, Can meet targets, Sense of humour, Good time keeping


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. (Central location / lots of buses stop on East Street in Bedminster and from there it is a short walk / bicycle racks are available inside the factory for staff to store their bicycle during the working day)

About the employer

Cameron Balloons are the world's favourite manufacturer of hot-air balloons We build fabric structures & export around the globe, established 1971 If it can be made out of fabric, we can make it!








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Adjustments for experience

You could reduce your training time, or finish your apprenticeship faster, if you have relevant prior learning or experience. This could be relevant:

  • training
  • qualifications, like an NVQ in a relevant field
  • industry or sector experience

Apprenticeship standard

Sewing machinist

Level 2 (GCSE)

Demonstrating experience

If your application is successful, you will have a chance to discuss your relevant prior learning or experience with your training provider and employer. You will all need to agree any adjustments to your training plan.

You should be prepared to show your competence, and evidence of relevant qualifications

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