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We have lots of opportunities for new team members to join our production team. Whether you are looking for a permanent position or Summer work, a part time or full time role, please get in touch.

We currently have positions available for new trainees, experienced staff as well as apprenticeships. We welcome speculative applications, so if you are interested in joining our team and feel you have something to offer, please email your CV to nicola.cole@richard-designs.com


Sewing Machinist and Hand Sewing Apprentice

The opportunity

We are looking for an apprentice sewing machinist to join our wedding veil department to sew beautiful veils for brides’ weddings.

This apprenticeship opportunity is ideal for a school or college leaver to experience working full time while earning an apprenticeship salary. You will also accomplish a nationally recognised qualification with an external training provider, carried out at our offices in Ely.

Skills you will learn

You will be shown how to use some of our sewing machines, which will include applying edges to veils, or making shrugs, petticoats or flower girl dresses. As well as using a flatbed and overlocking machine, there is the opportunity to learn how to use our embroidery machines. These hand-guided chain stitch embroidery machines allow you to create intricate embroidered designs.

The machines we use are industrial and specialist sewing machines, so you will be able to learn how to change their settings, for example stitch length, tension, pedal control, threading the needle. You will also learn about the different needles and foot attachments we use on our sewing machines.

In addition, you will be shown how to use hand sewing to decorate veils with different laces, pearls and crystals, starting with simple patterns and building up with practice.

You will be working with very fine and delicate fabrics, and will have the opportunity to learn the differences between different fabrics and how they should be handled when sewing. The experience you obtain in this role will be useful for a variety of careers in sewing.

You will experience how a busy manufacturing floor works, seeing all aspects of the manufacturing process including cutting out, sewing, and quality control.

You will be working as part of a friendly team, and will learn key skills in communication and teamwork. You will have targets and deadlines for your work, and so will learn how to maintain a high quality of work whilst meeting these targets and recording your progress.

External Training

Alongside learning the skills required to be successful in the role, you will have the opportunity to work with an external training provider (subject to funding) to achieve a Level 2 Sewing Machinist Apprenticeship over 12-18 months.  You will be earning the government apprenticeship wage whilst learning key sewing skills and gaining a valuable qualification.

The detail

We work a 37.5 hour working week, Monday to Friday. You will be provided with study time on site and spend the remaining working hours gaining practical skills on the job.

Beyond your apprenticeship

Our team is our most important asset, we are proud to manufacture beautiful bridal accessories in the UK, providing training and a supportive environment for staff to succeed in their goals. Once you have competed your apprenticeship, we hope there will be the opportunity for you to join the team in a full-time permanent position.

Will this role suit you?

As this is an apprenticeship role, we do not expect you to already have skills or experience in sewing, all of this will be part of your training with us. However the successful candidate must have an interest in sewing or craftwork, a natural ability to work with detail, and desire to create beautiful accessories for weddings. We also ask that you have a good understanding of written and spoken English.

Essential skills must include:

  • An interest in sewing and craftwork
  • Be able to follow verbal and written instructions
  • A co-operative attitude to work as part of a team, as well as on your own when necessary
  • Being flexible and working efficiently under pressure
  • A can-do attitude
  • Initiative and self-motivation
  • GCSE Grades A-C or 4 and above in Maths and English

We always welcome applications from those interested in design and sewing, so if you are interested in joining our team please get in touch.


Cleaner

Flexible hours to suit, minimum 2 hours a day Monday to Friday

We are looking for someone who is able to keep our two storey building clean.

Duties will include, but not limited to, the following tasks;

  • Vacuuming of all areas of the building, manufacturing, offices, showroom, stockroom etc, including some upholstered furniture
  • Filling and emptying coffee cups in the dishwasher
  • Emptying waste bins
  • Cleaning the staff canteen and showroom
  • Dusting, such as window sills
  • Cleaning and sanitizing all toilets on both floors and refilling supplies such as hand soap

The role will not involve any weekend or Bank Holiday working, and we can accommodate the hours to suit the right candidate, but there must be a minimum of 2 hours a day Monday to Friday.


If you are interested in working with us please send your CV to Nicola Cole. Email nicola.cole@richard-designs.com or call 01353 661600.

You can find out more about what it is like to work with us on our work with us page, including working hours, location and transport links.

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