The Production Manager is involved with the planning, coordination and control of manufacturing processes. They will be in charge of a team of production operatives to ensure that the goods are produced efficiently, to specification and on time to meet deadlines.
You can get into this job through:
You can do a textile technical specialist higher apprenticeship, or manufacturing manager degree apprenticeship.
There are no set entry requirements but it may help you to get in if you have 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship.
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You can do a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree in:
- textiles production
- production or manufacturing engineering
- fashion and textile management
- fashion and clothing technology
You'll usually need:
- 1 or 2 A levels, or equivalent, for a foundation degree or higher national diploma
- 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
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You can work as a textile technologist or textile designer and move into management, first as an assistant manager, then as a production manager.
Career Path and Progression
You could move into senior supply chain jobs, business development or marketing.
You could also find work with companies that specialise in technical textiles, like carbon fibre and aerospace materials.
Related careers you may be interested in:
- Textile designer
- Technical textiles designer
- Production manager (manufacturing)
- Excellent management skills
- The ability to work under pressure to meet deadlines
- Good IT and numeracy skills
- Willing to travel
- Good at problem solving
- Able to manage a budget effectively
£22,000 to £65,000