Administrator Apprentice

Solent Sewing Machines Ltd T/A Solent Sewing & Welding Solutions

Apprenticeship summary:

PETA Ltd are proud to be working with an established family run business to recruit a Administrator Apprentice. If you are interested in administration, customer service, sailing or textiles, this could be the perfect role for you.

A fantastic opportunity has arisen for an Administrator Apprentice to join a company with 50+ years of service to the technical textiles industry. Working both in the retail space and office, the Administrator Apprentice will gain experience in purchasing, invoicing, accounting and deliveries. There is the potential for a full-time permanent position to be offered to the suitable and successful candidate upon completion of the apprenticeship.



The Administrator Apprentice will be working in the retail shop floor and back office. Duties will include:

  • Purchasing and invoicing
  • Order processing (in the shop, over the phone and via the webshop)
  • Booking and packing deliveries
  • Taking phone messages
  • Using the internal accounts system
  • Customer service
  • Other general administration duties
Other information

Solent Sewing Machines, a family business, was opened in the 1960s to service the local clothes manufacturing industry. The company is now in its 4th generation! Times have changed but their ethic remains the same, to make customers the priority in everything that they do and to supply the best quality and most reliable service and machines. Solent have produced hundreds of long arm machines for sailmakers, tent / marquee manufacturers, cover makers as well as many other sectors. Solent also now manufacture their own range of machines and are a retailer for fabrics and accessories.


It is essential that the Administrator Apprentice is comfortable communicating both on the phone and in person. Other essential qualities include:

  • Polite and professional
  • Keen to learn
  • Adaptable
  • Strong computer skills; experience using MS Office
Personal qualities

It is desirable for applicants to have:

  • An interest in sailing, sewing or textiles
  • Experience in a customer service role
Qualifications required
  • GCSEs in maths and English with at least a grade C / 4 are required


  • Family owned and run company
  • Beautiful waterside location in Port Solent
  • Room to grow and develop with the business
  • 20 days holiday plus Bank Holidays
  • 1-week office closure over Christmas
  • There is the potential for a salary increase once the Apprentice has been employed for a few months if they show good skills and require less supervision.
Future prospects
  • There is the potential for a full-time permanent position to be offered to the suitable and successful candidate upon completion of the apprenticeship.
Training to be provided
  • Level 3 Business Administrator Apprenticeship Standard.
  • You will complete a 15 month apprenticeship which includes 10 days at the PETA training centre in Cosham.
  • You will be supported every 6 weeks with visits from your PETA Learning & Development Coach.

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