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Sewing Machinist – Seamstress Apprenticeship

Band 2

Main area
Linen & Post Services
Band 2
Fixed term: 18 months
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
Southampton General Hospital
£18,005 - £19,337 per annum
Salary period
13/04/2021 23:59
Interview date

Job overview

An opportunity has arisen to join a busy, friendly team at the University Hospital Southampton, NHS Foundation Trust (UHS) within the Linen & Post Service Department. This position can be applied for as an Apprenticeship and is on a 18-month fixed contract.

You will be responsible for helping to provide a full internal delivery of Linen or Post items within the Trust at the weekend.


Operating hours are 07.30 to 15:30 Monday to Friday – Full time hours 37.5 hrs

To work as part of a team providing an efficient and cost effective uniform and sewing room service throughout the Trust.

Main duties of the job

You can read an overview of the main duties of the role in the section below: Job Description and Main Responsibilities.

To understand the role in more detail please read the full job description and person specification documents attached.

Working for our organisation

As one of the largest acute teaching Trusts in England, we offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to. UHS is rated ‘Good’ by the CQC and in the latest national NHS Staff Survey, we were in the top 10 acute trusts for staff engagement and for staff recommending the hospital as a place to work or receive care. 

We support flexible working and will consider requests taking into account the needs of the service. UHS employees are able to access a range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata), and we offer a generous pension scheme.

Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and direct trains to London. The New Forest National Park and beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep. The city offers living costs 20% lower than London and 14 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities


Provide a full uniform fitting service to Trust staff members

To repair or alter Trust uniforms and any other items held by individual departments.

To ensure that uniforms are issued in the agreed volumes and colours approved by the trust.


Customer focused individual with excellent communication skills and the ability to work well under pressure, and a desire to provide a first class service.

Knowledge of operating a sewing machine would be an advantage.


Interviews will be held on Wednesday, 05 May 2021

Should you have any queries, please use the contact details below to get in touch.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Good standard of education with literacy and numeracy skills GCSE pass level 4-9
  • Committed to the completion of the apprenticeship qualification
Desirable criteria
  • Courses/further study attended to demonstrate evidence of personal development
  • Operate Sewing Machine


Desirable criteria
  • Experience in working in a busy environment
  • Perform basic repairs & alternations to uniforms
  • Working as part of a team


Essential criteria
  • Proven ability to work to deadlines, prioritise and multi-task
  • Demonstrates clarity and breadth in use of verbal and written communications in relation to our patient group
  • Customer Care skills

Special requirements

Essential criteria
  • Willingness to participate fully in an apprenticeship training programme
  • Reliable
  • Flexible attitude – able to work flexibly to accommodate peaks and troughs of activity


Essential criteria
  • Able to demonstrate behaviours that meet the Trust Values Patients First
  • Able to demonstrate behaviours that meet the Trust Values Always Improving
  • Able to demonstrate behaviours that meet the Trust Values Working Together
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Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Julie Taylor
Job title
Hotel Services Manager
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02381 206278

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