Sewing Technician

  • Job Reference: 99767
  • Date Posted: 17 November 2020
  • Employer: Serco Limited
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  • Location: Nottinghamshire (NG14 7DA), United Kingdom
  • Salary: £18,360
  • Sector: Trades & Services
  • Job Type: Full Time
  • Duration: Not specified

Job Description



Sewing Instructor

HMP Lowdham Grange, Nottinghamshire

Full-Time/ 12-month FTC

Up to £18,360 per annum + Benefits


Here at Serco we're looking for a Sewing Instructor to join us at HMP Lowdham Grange based in Nottinghamshire. You will be responsible for the daily training of sewing manufacturing work within the Business Enterprises department at the establishment. This involves the direct supervision of prisoners on a daily basis who will be undertaking practical work on behalf of external and internal commercial customers. The overarching aim is to engage prisoners in purposeful work that will develop their work skills and work ethics in preparation for release.  


As the Sewing Instructor you are responsible for driving Serco's Governing Principles, ensuring that your area of responsibility functions efficiently and effectively, operating within the bounds of all local Directors Rules, PSI's, HMIP Expectations, rules and regulations and expectations that members of the public would have of yourself and Serco.


As part of this you'll:

  • Develop new projects through samples, time trials and materials sourcing etc.
  • Carry out suitability tests and a training package on all potential prisoners coming into the unit.
  • Assist in the development and planning of the unit for prisoners to attain skills and qualifications, such as NVQs.
  • Be conversant with the job specifications of bill of materials and to have the knowledge in ordering materials and component parts for such. Also, the use of the manufacturing information system of all partner companies.
  • Responsible for the quality of all products produced within the unit, ensuring the quality assurance procedures are adhered to for all partner companies.


What you'll need to do the role

First and foremost, you'll need to have worked in a similar role or have experience working within a manufacturing environment (Experience within a custodial environment would be advantageous). The successful applicant will be conversant with all aspects of textile machinery including basic maintenance on Lockstitch and Overlock machines. You will also be conversant in lay cutting using an Eastman 8 straight knife cutter.


The successful applicant will be computer literate, able to work on their own initiative, approachable, efficient and reliable. We are looking for someone that can communicate at all levels, build strong working relationships and be a successful part of an ever-growing team.



Why Serco

Meaningful and vital work - You'll contribute to the reintegration of ex-offenders back into society, helping them to address the factors that influence criminal behaviour and lowering reoffending rates


A world of opportunity - With six prisons across the UK and a breadth of roles, you'll be wholeheartedly supported with development and career progression


Great people - You'll become an integral member of a well-defined and supportive team. who believe passionately in the value of our work.


What we offer

  • Flexible and part time working considered
  • 10-day pa CPD
  • Pension - 6%
  • Bike4Work scheme
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Chance to contribute to innovation in the public services/prisons sector
  • A company passionate about diversity and inclusion
  • Serco Benefits package




About Serco


At Serco, not only is the nature of the work we do important, everyone has an important role to play, from caring for vulnerable people to managing complex public services.  We are a team of 50,000 people responsible for delivering essential public services around the world in areas including defence, transport, justice, immigration, healthcare and citizen services. We are innovators, committed to redesigning and improving public services for the benefit of everyone.


By joining Serco you will have unlimited access to our Global Employee Networks - SercoInspire (Gender), SercoEmbrace (Multicultural), SercoUnlimited (Disability) and In@Serco (LGBT & Networks). Serco Employee Networks, led by colleagues who are passionate about diversity, inclusion and belonging. 




Please click on the apply button to complete your application. Occasionally we receive a large volume of applications for our roles and when that happens we sometimes bring the closing date forward, so please apply promptly to avoid disappointment. 


We're a Disability Confident employer and are committed to equal opportunities. If you have any additional queries, requirements or you need more time to apply, then please contact our recruitment team directly on 0345 010 4000. Disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the job will be given the opportunity to demonstrate their abilities at an interview.


Serco supports fair access to employment for those with unspent criminal convictions through the Ban the Box' pledge (some may be exempt due to the nature of the role and the security clearance required).