A Stitch in Time… Makes Nine New Jobs

The David Nieper fashion house in Alfreton, Derbyshire which employs 230 staff is expanding its new sewing school. 9 recruits have already joined in just 9 weeks and they have benefitted from an intensive in-house training course.

A strong order-book means the company needs plenty more trainees in the coming months to boost production in their sewing rooms. The company has been recruiting both experienced and first-time seamstresses to help cope with demand, especially in the run up to Christmas.

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David Nieper is a family run business, established in 1961 and is one of the few fashion houses that manufactures 100% in Britain. For over 50 years the company has always been loyal to local skills, local talent and local jobs.

This month the company is filling positions for four new machinists, as well as retaining two of the trainees who have come though the sewing school which started this summer. An experienced sewing supervisor is also due to start, along with a new sewing coach and a new intern position has been created for the recent winner of the David Nieper fashion awards from Nottingham Trent University.

Managing Director, Christopher Nieper commented:

“British consumers love a high quality British made garments! We’re seeing record demand and we’re creating new jobs for skilled machinists. Our sewing school is a brilliant introduction to the company; trainees ‘earn while they learn’ and there’s a good chance of graduating with an offer of a full time job at the company.”

At this time of year our sewing rooms get very busy. Our knitwear, wool coats and evening wear are all top sellers and we are about to launch our new silk nightwear collection which is always popular with gift purchasers, so it is imperative that we have the sewing room resourced to fulfil customer demand.

The offshoring trend in fashion manufacturing has left the industry with a huge skills shortage in experienced dressmakers and machinists. Indeed, this is the reason why we recently set up our own sewing school and are able to create many new skilled and permanent jobs.”