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Job Description

Will make the products, they will mark out, cut and sew the fabric in accordance with the specification supplied to them. They will be required to set up and operate specialised machinery and make sure the products they are making are up to the standard required

Entry Requirements

You can get into this job through:


You could do a college course in Fashion and Textiles, which may help you when you start looking for work.

You'll usually need:

  • 2 or fewer GCSEs at grades 3 to 1 (D to G), or equivalent, for a level 1 course
  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course

The following local colleges offer courses in Fashion and Textiles:

Or your local 6th form may offer a relevant course.


You could start by doing a textile manufacturing operative intermediate apprenticeship.

You'll usually need some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship.

Click here to search for an apprenticeship.

Direct Application

You can apply directly for work. There are no particular requirements although experience in textile manufacturing will be helpful.

Career Path and Progression

You could you could move into a machine maintenance job or quality control. You might also get promotion to become a production supervisor then shift manager.

Related careers you may be interested in:

  • Production Manger (Fashion & Textiles)
  • Fashion Designer
  • Wardrobe Assistant
  • Fashion Stylist

Required Skills

  • Good practical skills
  • A methodical approach
  • Good communication skills
  • The ability to concentrate for long periods of time
  • A good understanding of health and safety procedure

Salary Range

£13,000 to £25,000

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