Sewing Machinist Standard Apprenticeship Level 2 - Bridgwater & Taunton College

Course Overview

This Apprenticeship is a training programme for new or existing employees working within the sewing industry from fashion items to bean bags. The programme operates in the workplace, where employees work alongside experienced staff to gain specific skills, whilst also receiving tuition from the College. The Apprenticeship enables an employer to fill specific skills gaps, adapt to new opportunities and technologies and train their workforce in their own way, passing on skills that have been acquired over many years.

We are working with a range of small and large businesses in areas including fashion and textiles.

This course is for individuals employed in the fashion and textile industry where an item is being manufactured using hand and machine sewing skills. You need to enjoy working in a practical way and within a team, and be keen to train both at work and at College.

Topics include:

  • Organisation and maintenance of an efficient workstation
  • Operating specialist industrial sewing machines
  • Adhering to health and safety rules and regulations
  • Working with a variety of materials, threads and trimmings
  • Using a variety of sewing production techniques and methods
  • Producing sewn items that meet quality standards, targets and deadlines
  • Interpreting and following instruction and technical specifications
  • Monitoring and maintaining the work flow
  • Routine machine maintenance

Most jobs combine a number of these aspects, but whichever job you choose to do, your Apprenticeship will be structured so that the training matches your job. You will work for your employer four days a week and train for one day a week either in-house or at College.

Apprentices can start this apprenticeship at any time of year.

Assessment Methods

The End Point Assessment will be made up of an interview/professional discussion, practical assessment and direct observations from an external agency. This will take place within your workplace.

You will be appointed an Assessor who will visit you in the workplace and assess your progress. Some of these visits will provide you with evidence that you can use towards your qualification. One day a week you will work on your college course work gaining the underpinning knowledge required. Assessment in Functional Skills in English and maths may apply.

Progression Options

On successful completion of the Apprenticeship you could move into full-time employment.

Course Summary

Course Title Sewing Machinist Standard Apprenticeship Level 2
Entry Requirements

You need GCSEs in the 9 to 3 range including English and maths, and an interest/experience in the vocational area. Course entry is subject to an initial assessment in order to determine the appropriate level of study and a successful interview. You will also need a suitable employer who is able and willing to support you during your Apprenticeship programme.

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Spotlight

I found the entire experience of studying my Level 2 course really rewarding, that I decided to further my knowledge by completing a Level 3 course. I’m continually learning new skills and it’s really helping my professional development in the workplace.

Amanda, ILM Leadership & Management Level 3

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