Workshop & Training Manager Job Vacancy

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Workshop & Training Manager Job Vacancy
Deadline for applications is Tuesday 3 March, 5pm

This role is based in Battersea with occasional work in our Victoria offices and regular travel to prison workshops across the UK.  
Permanent, full-time position, £30,000.00 per year

Role Overview:

We are looking for a self-motivated, organised, patient and empathetic individual with teaching experience and a passion for textiles. With regular travel to prison workshops around England, the role of Workshops and Training Manager will draw on your teaching skills and machine stitching abilities to teach prisoners and ex-prisoners to use sewing machines and to hand stitch as well as coordinating the production in all workshops.

Ideally you will have some knowledge and experience, of the criminal justice sector. You must be willing and able to teach in a prison environment on a regular basis. A team player with excellent communication skills you will help us to build our accredited training both in and out of prison.

Your machine sewing skills will enable you to make sample products and work closely with the production and commissions teams on product development. A willingness to roll your sleeves up and contribute to the day to day workings of a small organisation is also a must.

Principal Accountabilities for the Core Job:

  1. Deliver on-site workshop management across FCW’s prison workshops to build FCW’s reputation, protect its interests and ensure prisoners can do accredited training alongside their FCW production work.
  2. Manage the Hub and the Workshop Supervisor to ensure the delivery of relevant, structured employment training ensuring each apprentice is working with a managed plan and achieving their agreed goal.
  3. With the production manager, responsible for production across all FCW workshops and partner workshops particularly managing workflows to provide sufficient, appropriate work to match the particular skills of Fine Cell Work workers at each workshop
  4. With the Production Manager, prepare a quarterly production plan, updated monthly, for production across the workshops to ensure workshop production targets and commission requirements are integrated into training arrangements in prison workshops.
  5. Responsible for building production capacity and skills in workshops to facilitate the charity’s need to build the social enterprise.
  6. Work with the design committee to develop products that work with the skill set of a training workshop
  7. Support the production team in the design, construction, development and sampling of new products to be made in the workshops.
  8. Work with Executive Director to cement partnerships with prisons in which FCW has workshops and work with prison industries managers to enable infrastructure provision (staffing, space and equipment) for Fine Cell Work workers to be employed on production tasks in prison workshops, alongside accredited training.
  9. Facilitation and oversight of appropriate induction, evaluation and monitoring procedures for prisoners in prison workshops and, with the Engagement and Support Officer, in the Hub.
  10. Ensure current FCW’s training, accredited by OCN London, is fit for purpose and, if required, write new course material to support additional units to reflect wider training opportunities in workshops.
  11. Oversee and, where appropriate, deliver the accredited training in workshops, the Hub and cell groups ensuring as many Fine Cell Work workers as possible can register for the training and complete the courses. Facilitate internal and external moderation as required by OCN.
  12. Supervise the delivery of all accredited training in prison workshops, the hub and in cell groups ensuring the quality of teaching and evaluation is of the highest standard.
  13. With the Head of Programme Delivery, ensure the correct policies and safeguarding are in place with both the OCN training and staff, apprentices and volunteers working in the hub.
  14. Work with FCW team to support sales events as necessary.

Knowledge and Skills for the role of Workshop and Training Manager


  • Degree-level training, or equivalent experience, in textile skills and machining.
  • Competent sewing machinist
  • Project management skills
  • Teaching experience
  • Knowledge and understanding of accreditation processes and quality assurance methods
  • Ability to develop, organise, motivate and coordinate different groups across the organisation
  • Knowledge of product construction and costing techniques
  • Demonstrable skills in commissioning and managing relationships involved in textile and embroidery design and development work
  • Experience of working as a volunteer or with volunteers
  • Possession of basic computer and technological skills, especially Word, Excel, and internet
  • Excellent communication and organisational skills
  • Ability to communicate effectively to various audiences, both in writing and verbally
  • Ability to prepare informative and accurate reports on progress
  • Ability to collaborate effectively with staff members, prison officials, and volunteers
  • Adaptable and a team player


  • Experience working with machine embroidery
  • Knowledge of or experience of working within the criminal justice sector.

You will need to be able to go through an enhanced DBS check. 

To apply for this role please send a CV and cover letter to, outlining how you meet the person specification.

Deadline for applications is Tuesday 3 March, 5pm

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