Danielle Tonge – Lockstitch Apprentice Graduate

Danielle Tonge – Lockstitch Apprentice Graduate

How did you first hear about the apprenticeship?

I was offered the apprenticeship after starting at Johnstons and was told I’d be a good candidate as apprenticeships were new in my department.

Why did you decide to do this particular apprenticeship?

I was already learning on the job and wanted to develop my skills to get a qualification out of it.

How has this apprenticeship helped you? How will it benefit your future career goals?

I have learned a lot more about my role by doing the apprenticeship. I previously did a degree in knitting so by having a qualification in sewing, I’ll have a lot more skills to help progress my career.

Describe a typical day

Everyday is different in lockstitch. I have to prioritise my workload based on production demand. I mainly sew zips, cushions and hand sew using a variety of different fabrics and techniques.

What are the most important skills for you to do your job well?

Patience and hand-eye co-ordination.

How do you organise your time between work and study?

All apprenticeship tasks are done alongside working, when production allows.

Is there anything you wish you knew about the apprenticeship before you started it?

No, I knew everything before I started.

What do you like most about your role?

Learning different techniques.

What parts of your job do you find the most challenging?

Sewing Mitre Corners on cushions.

What advice would you give to others thinking about applying for an apprenticeship?

Be open minded and willing to learn.

What are your future career plans?

I am enjoying working in product development just now but would like to go into knitwear in the future.

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