Sewing Machinist – Perry

We are a British designer and manufacturer of distinctive uniform and sportswear for schools, universities and clubs. We operate from our factory and distribution centre in Leeds and our showrooms in London.



We are looking to recruit 6 sewing machine apprentices. Don’t worry you don’t have to have all the skills already, we will teach you from the very beginning.

Here at Perry we manufacture high quality tailored garments, which are designed, cut and made onsite here in Leeds! You will learn and follow the whole process of how a garment starts its life in the design room and follow it all the way to being dispatched to our customers.

Not only that you will gain valuable insight to how these beautiful garments actually get made and even learn how to make them yourselves.

You will be taken step by step on how to use each piece of machinery by our very experienced factory manager and build up a portfolio of samples of the skills you have learned along the way. By the end of your apprenticeship you will be fully equipped with a unique skill and be capable of making your own tailored garments.

Sounds interesting? Getting in touch and we will be more than happy to show you around our factory and meet some of our team.


GCSE grades D or above in maths and English (or equivalent).

Acceptance is subject to college initial assessment and interview.

Desired skills

Applicant should have a willingness to learn, be confident using machinery, be able to meet the physical demands of the role and be able to lift rolls of fabric.

Personal qualities

A team player is essential. Applicant should be presentable, be willing to learn and take instruction, have good communication skills and be flexible in the approach to new tasks.

Future prospects

At the end of the apprenticeship the applicant will be confident using a wide range of machines and will have developed a truly unique skill. They will have produced a portfolio demonstrating the skills they have learned and will be capable of making a tailored garment. They will be trained by industry experts during their time here, and will have gained the skills to go on to be a full time machinist, a freelance machinist, or progress into other areas such as garment cutting or garment technology.In addition, should the applicant and circumstances be right, there could be a permanent position available at the end of the apprenticeship

Working Week

30 Hours Per Week – Monday to Friday 9.00 – 4.00 (with one hour lunch break).

Wednesdays will be spent in Keighley College (travel expenses covered).

After the first 6 months the hours will increase to 7.00 – 4.00 Monday – Thursday and 7.00 – 12.15 on a Friday.

For every 13 weeks worked you will receive 1 weeks paid holiday.

Rates of Pay:

£4.80 per hour for 16-18 year olds

£6.80 per hour for 18-20 year olds



The program is delivered on a day release basis at Keighley College.

Course Detail:

Level 2 Sewing Machinist Standard Apprenticeship


12-15 months depending on initial assessment.

Entry Requirements: 

D grade or above in GCSE Maths and English or Level 1 Functional Skills.


Level 3 Pattern Cutter Apprenticeship


The apprentice will gain both technical knowledge and real practical experience, along with functional and personal skills. These are acquired through a mix of learning in the workplace, formal off-the-job training and academic study at college.

Knowledge covers the materials used in production, specialist sewing machines used, production process, quality and quantity requirements, supply chain and customer base, policies and procedures.

Skills include workstation preparation, stitching operations, machine and workstation maintenance, carry out instructions and communication.

Apprentices will be visited approximately once a month in the workplace to carry out reviews and gather workplace evidence. It is a requirement that 20% of working hours per week is spent away from the working role to concentrate on any development activities set.

To apply, click here.

If you have any enquiries, please don’t hesitate to contact our apprenticeships team on apprenticeships@keighleycollege.ac.uk or call us on 01535685035.

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