Sewing Machinist Apprenticeship

MSA Bristol

Yate, BS37 5QR

Closes in 10 days (Wednesday 31 July at 11:59pm)

Posted on 25 June 2024


At MSA Bristol we take pride in what we do and are passionate about being integral to the team that supplies garments that protect firefighters and the Ambulance Service worldwide. You will learn to operate a range of sewing machines and learn to undertake sewing tasks within a modern manufacturing environment.

Annual wage
£23,200 a year

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The pay may be negotiated and may rise after a probation period has been successfully completed.

Training course
Sewing machinist (level 2)
Monday - Thursday 8.30am - 5.00pm and Friday 8.30am - 4.00pm.

39 hours a week

Possible start date

Tuesday 3 September


1 Year 3 Months

Positions available



As an apprentice, you’ll work at a company and get hands-on experience. You’ll gain new skills and work alongside experienced staff.

What you’ll do at work

Level 2 Apprenticeship Standard: Sewing Machinist:

  • Level 2 Sewing Machinist - Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours
  • Level 1 Maths and English Functional skills, if required (exemptions apply)

Training schedule has yet to be agreed. Details will be made available at a later date.

Where you’ll work

Units 11- 14

Beeches Industrial Estate

Waverley Road


BS37 5QR


An apprenticeship includes regular training with a college or other training organisation. At least 20% of your working hours will be spent training or studying.

College or training organisation


Your training course

Sewing machinist (level 2)

Equal to GCSE

Course contents
  • Follow work instructions for example, specifications, standard operating procedures, and specific instructions.
  • Organise resources for example, equipment, components, and tools.
  • Check working environment for hazards.
  • Apply safe working practices including guards, seat positioning, safety clothing, and manual handling.
  • Apply sustainability principles for example, minimise energy usage and waste.
  • Identify and segregate resources for reuse, recycling, and disposal.
  • Lay out equipment, components, and resources.
  • Inspect cut or pre-sewn components before sewing; identify and resolve issues.
  • Select and insert needles.
  • Select thread.
  • Fill and insert spool and thread a sewing machine.
  • Select the sewing machine settings.
  • Conduct sewing machine test run for example, pre-production, following threading up, adjustments, or maintenance.
  • Make sewing machine adjustments for example, stitch tension.
  • Operate, monitor, and control a sewing machine for example, lockstitch, linker, blind hemmer, overlocker, cup seam, and coverstitch machine.
  • Control material feed.
  • Conduct quality checks.
  • Identify needle damage.
  • Identify and resolve sewing issues for example, skip stitch, lose stitch, or pucker stitch.
  • Follow post-production procedure for example, re-bundle, bag up, and attach work ticket.
  • Enter information to track work process for example, work dockets, documentation, or electronic tracking system.
  • Select maintenance tools.
  • Remove and replace sewing machine parts for example, the presser foot, throat plate, spool, and spool case.
  • Clean sewing machine and machine parts.
  • Check oil.
  • Use information technology and digital systems for example, real time system or computerised sewing machine settings.
  • Communicate with others for example, other machinists, senior machinists, production staff, supervisors, and team leaders.
  • Report issues for example, product quality and machine faults.
  • Apply team working principles.
  • Identify opportunities for continuous improvement.
  • Monitor own performance.
  • Complete and record learning and development activities.
  • Your training plan

    This training plan has not been finalised. Check with this employer if you’ll need to travel to a college or training location for this apprenticeship.


    Desirable qualifications

    GCSE or equivalent in:

    • English (grade 9 to 4)
    • Maths (grade 9 to 4)

    Let the company know about other relevant qualifications and industry experience you have. They can adjust the apprenticeship to reflect what you already know.


    • Communication skills
    • Attention to detail
    • Organisation skills
    • Problem solving skills
    • Analytical skills
    • Logical
    • Team working
    • Creative
    • Initiative
    • Non judgemental
    • Patience
    • Physical fitness

    Other requirements

    No previous sewing experience is required, although an interest in sewing would be an advantage. We are willing to consider applicants who are dexterous in their hobbies or current roles. E.g. soldering, electronics, handicraft. The role would suit individuals who, once trained, can work under pressure and can follow operating procedures, and problem-solving as the situation demands. You will be positive in your approach, and remain professional to your team around you and the wider business. You will embrace MSA’s culture of respect in the workplace and uphold the MSA Code of Conduct.

    About this company

    Relied upon by fire services in over 110 countries, MSA Bristol is a global leader in the design, manufacture and supply of protective clothing for firefighters. Our strong reputation for quality and service has been built on our many years of experience in the development of innovative protective clothing solutions. Our cutting-edge design, product development, wearer trials and integrated manufacture are all managed internally. In addition, in the UK we offer in-house managed services contracts for regular cleaning, inspection and repair. Our parent company MSA Safety Incorporated, is the global leader in the development, manufacture and supply of safety products that protect people and facility infrastructures. Since 1914, MSA has been a trusted leader in safety, technology and innovation. (opens in new tab)

    After this apprenticeship

    Investing in our talent is a key enabler to MSA’s corporate strategy, therefore all apprentices that successfully complete their apprenticeship will be offered full time employment. Furthermore, we encourage all our associates’ commitment to their personal and professional development as it is proven that these action drives engagement and help our business stay competitive. Devoting focus and effort to building individual strengths and improving opportunity areas means each associate can drive their development to achieve their potential.

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    The reference code for this apprenticeship is VAC1000260444.

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    Closes in 10 days (Wednesday 31 July at 11:59pm)

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