Fashion & Textile Apprenticeships Course

Fashion & Textile Apprenticeships Course

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The fashion and textile sector covers the fashion and textiles supply chain from the processing of raw materials to product manufacture, to wholesale and trading activities and extending to the after sales servicing of products. With an ageing workforce and growing demand for manufacturing in the UK employers are looking to apprenticeships to grow their businesses. We offer 2 fashion & textile pathways depending on the type of job you are looking for.

Textile Pathway

Suitable for those who are looking to work as a textile operative within the production of textile materials. As a textile operative, you would produce the natural and synthetic materials which go into everyday products, such as clothing, carpets and furnishings. You might also make ‘technical textiles’, used in many industries, including:
  • construction – roofing felt and safety netting
  • healthcare – prosthetics and medical dressings
  • automotive – vehicle upholstery, airbags and tyres.
You would usually have five key areas of work:
  • preparing fibres, making sure they are combed, cleaned and twisted into yarns called ‘slivers’
  • spinning fibres, using machines to draw and twist the slivers, and wind them onto bobbins or cones
  • fabric production, which involves weaving, knitting or looping threads together
  • dyeing and finishing, which includes printing
  • treating fabrics to give a particular appearance or quality, such as stain or crease resistance.

Apparel Pathway

Suitable for those looking to be involved in the creation of sewn products such as sewing machinists, soft furnishers, tailors / dressmakers and clothing cutters. You might specialise on one machine such as a flatbed, or use a number of machines like overlockers or blind hemmers to produce different finishes. In large scale manufacturing, you might operate computerised sewing machines that read from a digital design pattern. You could work with a variety of fabrics, such as cotton, synthetics, wool and leather, and on a number of different product lines. You might also stitch industrial textiles, for example those used in sail making or car mat manufacturing. At a more advanced level you may be involved in the creation of sewn products as garment technologist, sample machinist, pattern grader, and pattern cutter.

Fashion & Textile Apprenticeship Programs

QUALIFICATION TITLEINTERMEDIATE TEXTILE APPRENTICESHIPADVANCED TEXTILE APPRENTICESHIP
NVQ TITLELevel 2 Certificate in Manufacturing Textile ProductsL3 Diploma in Manufacturing Textile Products
TECHNICAL CERTIFICATE TITLECertificate in Apparel or Textile Production Level 2Level 3 Diploma in Textile Design & Manufacture
FUNCTIONAL SKILLS REQUIREMENTS & TITLESEnglish L1 & Maths L1English L2 & Maths L2
QUALIFICATION TITLEINTERMEDIATE TEXTILE APPRENTICESHIPADVANCED TEXTILE APPRENTICESHIP
NVQ TITLELevel 2 Certificate in Manufacturing Apparel ProductsLevel 3 Certificate in Apparel Manufacturing Technology
TECHNICAL CERTIFICATE TITLELevel 2 Certificate in Apparel or Textile ProductionLevel 3 Diploma in Apparel Production
FUNCTIONAL SKILLS REQUIREMENTS & TITLESEnglish L1 & Maths L1English L2 & Maths L2
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