Apprentice Sewing Machinist - 14675


Lancashire, BB5 5YE

Closes on Wednesday 25 September

Posted on 25 June 2024


The Senator Group in Altham are recruiting for an Apprentice Upholsterer. The successful candidate will work towards a Level 2 Sewing and Upholstery qualifications which will take approximately 15 months to complete.

Annual wage
£13,260 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, 7am - 4pm and Friday, 7am - 12:45pm.

37 hours a week

Possible start date

Thursday 3 October


1 Year

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

Intermediate Level 2 Apprenticeship in Sewing and Upholstery, including NVQ and Functional Skills maths and English. Work based learning. 

Where you’ll work

Syke Side Drive

Altham Business Park





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 9-4)
    • Maths (grade 9-4)

    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
    • Team working
    • Initiative

    About this company

    The Senator Group is a major employer in the Burnley, Hyndburn and Blackburn area employing 1300+ staff across its Lancashire based manufacturing sites. We design and manufacture innovative office furniture which we supply to our customers worldwide.

    After this apprenticeship

    A great opportunity to develop your career with an employer who supports continuing professional development. 

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    The contact for this apprenticeship is:


    The reference code for this apprenticeship is VAC1000260535.

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    Closes on Wednesday 25 September

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