• Maintaining Textile Excellence needs textile talent – what better place for that talent to shine than at SIL.

An excellent future in textiles

In a Group that is focused on Textile Excellence we are always on the look out for textile talent. We rely on the skills, experience and teamwork of our people to deliver our promise and we’re committed to constantly investing in them to continually grow their expertise.

Our businesses are constantly keeping our eyes open for talent in all areas of production, but also in sales, key account management, design and finance.

So if you know textiles, and believe you can contribute to our ethos of Textile Excellence get in touch and tell us how you can help.

In the first instance send your CV and a covering letter with your thoughts on what Textile Excellence means to you to excellence@silholdings.co.uk and we’ll be in touch.

APPRENTICESHIP SCHEME
An Apprenticeship with our Group of Companies is a structured training programme with pay combining formal learning and on-the-job training with a view to gaining nationally recognised qualifications and start a career path.

Apprentices are expected to show commitment and dedication while learning from their work-based mentors and college tutors (where applicable). In exchange, we will share our first-rate experience and knowledge in the textile industry to develop your skills to enhance our award-winning team.

If you are interested in devoting your time to build a career within the textile industry then please apply below or contact our HR team for an informal discussion on 01274 726744.

We are currently taking applications for the positions below. If you are interested in applying see the requirements and contact details for each position.

Apprentice – Textile Manufacturing
(Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5.30pm, with some flexibility required)
Company: Joshua Ellis
Location: Batley

Job Description
Textile manufacturing company specialising in high quality luxurious fabrics including cashmere, lambswool, angora, vicuna and camelhair. Part of the SIL Holdings Group which aims to combine the professionalism of a modern high tech business with the values and work ethic of a family business. Apprenticeships available for 16-24 year olds, an exciting opportunity to join a company that manufactures handcrafted cashmere and woollen cloth. With 3 opportunities to work in either inspection, knotting or weaving. This is a great opportunity for those who have attention to detail and enjoy working practically and methodically.
Duties to include:
• Health safety, welfare and legislation in textile manufacturing
• learn about supply chain, goods, procurement and customers effective working relationships
• Understanding fibres, yarns and fabrics – fibre classification & fibre practical and testing
• Understanding textile processes (scouring, blending, carding, spinning, twisting & winding)
• Quality systems – standards of performance, measuring and analysing the quality
• Understanding textile processes (warping, weaving, mending, finishing and inspection)
• Understanding textile processes (nonwoven, dyeing and finishing)
• Understanding the environmental impact of textiles
Desired skills:
• Good attention to detail
• learn processes of all weaving and knotting
Personal qualities:
• enthusiastic
• confident in dealing with people at all levels
• punctual and reliable
• dedicated to completing the apprenticeship qualifications
• hard working with a proactive approach to their work and high attention to detail
• Methodical approach to new tasks and problems
• A helpful and friendly approach is essential
Desired qualifications:
• English and maths Grade C/4 (or equivalent)
Training Provider:
• You will be provided with a structured learning programme; this includes attending training sessions delivered by the Textile Centre of Excellence. As part of this, you will learn about the different processes involved in the manufacture of Textiles and will visit other textile companies to learn about different processes.
• You will be visited in the workplace at least once a month to work on assignments and be assessed to build a portfolio of work.
• Level 2 Textile Manufacturing Operative Standard
• Functional Skills and maths and English if required
• The apprenticeship will finish with an end-point assessment to show you have finished the programme.
Apprenticeship Standard
• Textile Manufacturing Operative
Please email your CV & covering letter with the answers to the below to Stephanie@SILHoldings.co.uk
• Explain experience/knowledge you have that makes you suitable for this role
• What has interested you in applying for this role?

Senior Sales Manager – Luxury Fabrics Group
(Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5.30pm, with some flexibility required)
Company: John Foster
Competitive salary plus additional benefits
The Role
Working predominantly on the John Foster brand, part of the Luxury Fabrics group, this is a role for a senior sales person, with experience in the worsted / woollen cloth industry. You will be familiar with the luxury market with a proven track record in export markets in Europe and the USA. Knowledge of the middle east market would be an advantage. Good knowledge of design/ manufacture would be helpful as you’ll be working closely with the design team to ensure we are developing products to the needs of our customers…
Whilst John Foster brand will be your main focus you will also assist with the sales for our other successful group brands of William Halstead, Kynoch, Standeven and Escorial.
Key Responsibilities
• Responsible for the sales activity of the John Foster brand.
• Delivering sales and profit targets as agreed with the Managing Director.
• Daily management of agents.
• Daily communication with customers and agents in your designated markets.
• Providing support in your colleague’s markets as required.
• Customer visits in the UK, Europe and the United States.
• Participation in seasonal cloth exhibitions.
• Working with the design and sales teams to develop new products and seasonal collections.
• Along with the Directors preparing the annual sales budget for the brand.
Preferred Skills
• European language skills would be an advantage (Italian etc)
• Worsted / Woollen cloth sales experience – Essential
• European and USA export experience – Essential
• Middle East export – Desirable
• Design and Manufacturing knowledge – Desirable

To apply for this position, please email your CV and covering letter to HR@silholdings.co.uk

Pattern Room Assistant
(Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5.30pm, with some flexibility required)
Company: Luxury Fabrics Ltd
Location: Stanley Mills – Bradford

Overview
Under the Luxury Fabrics banner, the group are proud to have five world-famous, high-quality worsted brands in John Foster, William Halstead, Kynoch, Charles Clayton and S.Selka. These worsted brands supply high-end fashion houses as wholesalers, tailors and cloth manufacturers across the globe.
Working as part of a small team to provide support to the designers and ensure the smooth running of the pattern room. You will need to demonstrate precisions, accuracy and desire to provide great customer service at all times.
The Role
You will be required to:
• Measure and layout patterns accurately and with keen attention to detail
• Accurately cut out samples for sending to customers etc
• Work with a variety of woven fabrics ensuring they are handled carefully
• Work closely with the designers to meet the requirements of the customers
Preferred Skills
Previous experience in pattern cutting would be an advantage
Good communication skills with neat handwriting
Able to work as part of a small team
Attention to detail in all aspects of work
Computer literacy is essential (Word, Excel, Outlook)
Benefits
Competitive salary
25 days holiday plus recognised bank holidays
Death in Service
Auto-enrolment pension where applicable
Free on-site parking
Please email your CV & covering letter with the answers to the below to Stephanie@SILHoldings.co.uk
• How many years of textile work experience do you have?
• What is the highest level of education you have completed?
• Are you in Bradford BD4?