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Production Sewing Machinist Skills Boot Camp | Greater Manchester


UKFT has worked closely with Greater Manchester employers, Salford City College Group and the Combined Authorities to create a Production Sewing Machinist Skills Bootcamp.

The industry in the UK regions is currently enjoying a revival. Manufacturers in fashion, interior design, medical textiles, automotive and other sectors are requiring products to be sources ethically to meet the sector’s increased demand. However, the current sewing machinist skill shortage has been identified as a barrier to growth. The Skills Boot Camp will help address this via funded delivery of the UKFT Production Sewing Machinist Course. This programme has been specifically designed to meet the demand for skilled sewing machinists. Click here for more information.

women working in a clean factory as a production sewing machinist

About the Boot Camp

The programme will take place both in person and remote learning. Salford City College Group has created a fully equipped training room, where candidates will learn how to use and control industrial machines. In addition, the remote learning will give them an understanding of how the industry works, quality standards, productions targets, fabrics, lean manufacturing techniques and employability skills.

Those who complete the programme will achieve a competency level which will enable them to hit the ground running when they join a company. Once employed, they can apply the foundation skills learnt to specific products and processes, as well as quickly achieve the quality and quantity standards required by industry.

Victoria Kielty, Salford City College Group’s Head of Centre for Pendleton Sixth Form College, said:

“Salford City College Group are delighted to be working in partnership with UK Fashion & Textiles Association to meet the skills needs of the sector with our new Production Sewing Machinist Skills Bootcamp. We are supporting employers in Greater Manchester with the recruitment of new staff and working with our learners to provide the foundations of a rewarding career. The partnership will contribute to our city’s distinguished legacy in the textiles industry.”

For more information or if you are an employer interested in offering job interviews contact Celia.thornley@ukft.org


Start a Career in the Greater Manchester Fashion and Textile Sector

The Greater Manchester fashion and textile manufacturing industry is a fast-growing sector. With an increased demand in ethically sourced products for the fashion, interior design and health sectors, there is a clear need for new skilled professionals. The Salford City College Group Skills Boot Camp and UKFT’s Production Sewing Machinist Programme will give you the skills and knowledge needed to start a career in this rejuvenated industry, plus guaranteed interviews with local employers.

The course will suit residents in Greater Manchester who are:

  • Seeking entry to an innovative sector and understand manufacturing as the foundation for a career
  • A returner to the industry
  • Seeking a career change
  • A Sewing enthusiast, wishing to monetise their knowledge by upskilling and progressing to work as a freelancer

Please find further course details below:

Hours: Mon and Tue 10.00 – 14.00 face to face, plus video sessions on Wednesday

Course duration: 11 weeks – The first starts on 23rd January 2023, second course dates to be confirmed

Location: Pendleton 6th Form College, Dronfield  Road, Salford

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