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Production Trainee, Apparel Manufacturing (White Oaks)

London, ON

Production Trainee, Apparel Manufacturing

Establish your skills to thrive in the growing textile manufacturing sector with this specialized, paid training program. Participants learn cutting, assembly and sewing construction over a four week period while being paid. A certificate is provided to successful trainees at the end with support to access work opportunities at Goodwill or one of our partners in the competitive labour market that is recruiting skilled sewing staff. The Production Trainee, Apparel Manufacturing is responsible for attending 68 hours of sewing training on the Goodwill White Oaks Rd, London Ontario Apparel Manufacturing Platform.

Role and Responsibilities

  • An understanding of health and Safety in machinery operation.
  • Identification of equipment, (lockstitch machine, iron, serger, coverstitch machine, cutting table, etc.), and supplies (scissors, needles, snips, thread, etc.).
  • Ability to change the thread tension on the sewing machines
  • Ability to cut out a sample, (pattern, pinning techniques, bundling).
  • Identification of basic fabrics, (knit and woven).
  • Ability to complete small sewing projects such as a tote bag, skirts, pencil case ect.
  • Ability to complete serger sewing seams such as booked seam, serged seam with lockstitch, stretch seam.
  • Ability to read and comprehend technical packages for apparel production.
  • Ability to understand a production sequence, (fabric spreading, cutting, offloading, bundling, stitching, pressing, etc.).
  • Ability to read and understand production operational sewing sequences to complete a project.


  • Intermediate numerical skills (counting, adding, subtracting)
  • Intermediate literacy skills (reading, writing
  • Excellent Communication skills
  • Excellent Organizational skills

The Opportunity

  • Join an organization that is dedicated to helping people who face barriers to employment and committed to sustainability and reducing environmental impact
  • Social enterprise that is positioned for accelerated growth
  • Continue developing your skills and expanding your network in a busy, challenging and creative working environment
  • Flexible working hours
  • Work in an open environment with various work spaces and collaboration areas
  • Receive a competitive compensation package and comprehensive benefit plan, including health, dental, and vision

About Goodwill

Goodwill Industries is a non-profit social enterprise that provides work opportunities, skills development, and employee and family strengthening for people who face barriers such as disability or social disadvantage. The aim is to advance individuals, families and communities toward economic self-sufficiency and prosperity.

Goodwill Industries, Ontario Great Lakes, one of five regional Goodwills in Canada, serves communities across Ontario, and employs 1,000 people on a variety of social enterprise work platforms. The organization is positioned for accelerated growth and is aiming to create 900 new jobs over the next five years.

Interested? We'd love to hear from you.

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