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Apprenticeship training course

Fashion and textiles product technologist (level 4)

Producing a wide range of products, from clothing and fashion to leather goods, shoes, soft furnishings, marine and medical textiles.

Qualification level
Equivalent to higher national certificate (HNC).
Typical duration
22 months
Apprenticeship category
Engineering and manufacturing
Maximum funding
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
Skills an apprentice will learn
  • Analyse, evaluate and cost the production of given designs and identify possible constraints
  • Develop samples that meets design, end use and specifications
  • Contribute to fit sessions and production meetings
  • Analyse product samples with focus on quality, fit , risk and production processes e.g. size, shape, materials, timescales and costs
  • Carry out product risk assessments e.g. safety, colour, cost, time, fitness for purpose, production process
  • Approve samples and allocate sample seal if appropriate, maintaining a complete history of the sealing process
  • Oversee material and product tests and analyse test results e.g. performance, function, wash, wearer/user trials
  • Develop product tech-packs e.g. specifications, working drawings, measurements, labelling, quality standards, tolerances, materials
  • Ensure legislation and regulation requirements are met e.gimport regulations, safety regulations, trade regulations
  • Conduct product reviews on returned products
  • Analyse product returns and identify potential solutions e.g. change materials, re-cut pattern
  • Complete analysis reports
  • Manage quality problems and eradicate potential issues e.g. fabric, trim, construction faults
  • Contribute to the solution of production issues e.g. thread breakage, missing components
  • Work with the warehouse and distribution systems and processes to ensure, safe, punctual delivery of products
  • Use relevant communication systems and accurately complete work records

Full information on Fashion and textiles product technologist (level 4) is available from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

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