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Fashion and textiles apprenticeships

Types of apprenticeships that you can apply for in the fashion and textiles sector.

The fashion and textiles sector covers the supply chain from the processing of raw materials to product manufacture, to wholesale and trading activities and after-sales servicing of products.

This apprenticeship trains you in technical, practical skills and you’ll specialise in one of the below:

  • apparel
  • textiles
  • footwear
  • leather goods
  • saddlery

Training opportunities

The fashion and textiles sector has undergone enormous transformation in the UK. Due to the increasingly competitive global market, UK businesses are focusing on niche activities including:

  • new product development
  • brand creation and development
  • creative design
  • low cost, small scale manufacturing of high added value and difficult to make products

Types of apprenticeships

There are 2 types of fashion and textiles apprenticeships.

Intermediate level apprenticeship

You could train in roles like:

  • textile operative
  • quality control inspector
  • sewing machinist
  • linker
  • knitter
  • product tester
  • cloth cutter
  • sewing machinist
  • tape sealer
  • hand presser
  • quality control inspector
  • clothing presser
  • dressmaker
  • clothing sewing machinist
  • quality control inspector
  • leather craftworker
  • retail/service operative
  • cutter
  • pattern cutter
  • product tester
  • quality control inspector
  • leather craftworker
  • footwear manufacturing operative
  • product tester
  • retail/service operative
  • Society of Master Saddlers (SMS) registered trainee saddler
  • clothing presser
  • dry cleaning worker
  • laundry worker
  • textiles care service worker
  • leather tanner
  • leather trimmer/ finisher

Advanced level apprenticeship

You could train in roles like:

  • team leader / supervisor
  • textile dyeing technician
  • textile technologist
  • analytical textile technologist
  • knitting technician
  • quality supervisor (spinning mill)
  • textile colour technologist
  • textile designer
  • textile machinery technician
  • team leader / supervisor
  • dressmaker
  • bespoke pattern cutter (manual / CAD)
  • garment technologist
  • production pattern cutter (manual / CAD)
  • sample machinist
  • clothing alteration hand
  • pattern grader (manual / CAD)
  • leathergoods designer
  • pattern cutter (manual / CAD)
  • sample machinist
  • footwear designer
  • shoe repairer
  • bespoke footwear technician
  • qualified saddler
  • Society of Master Saddlers (SMS) qualified saddler
  • Society of Master Saddlers (SMS) qualified harness maker
  • pattern cutter (manual / CAD)
  • technical salesperson (tailoring)
  • handcraft tailor
  • tannery process supervisor
  • leather technician / technologist

Apply for a fashion and textiles apprenticeship

You can become an apprentice in England if you’re:

  • 16 or over
  • eligible to work in England
  • not in full-time education