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Manufacturing Textiles Apprenticeship (Level 2 Intermediate and Level 3 Advanced)

Course Information

  • Course Code: AD568
  • Duration: 2 academic years
  • Validated by: Awarding Body Consortium Awards

If you are interested in a career in working and learning skills as a Sewing Machine Operative or Cutter, an Apprenticeship in the Textiles Industry may be for you. You could work in an organisation which produces items of soft furnishings, furniture or any product which needs a sewn finish. Working in the Apparel industry would teach you pattern cutting and sewing skills but dealing solely with garments which can be worn. You could be a Dressmaker, Pattern Cutter or Sewing Machinist working in a variety of organisations such as bridal shops, garment manufacturers or tailors. To undertake an Apprenticeship in Textiles and Apparel you must be committed and have the determination and motivation to succeed.

What will I study?

Selection of units from the Textile Intermediate Apprenticeship:

  • Produce textile products
  • Maintaining quality of production.

Selection of units from the Apparel Intermediate Apprenticeship:

  • Maintaining quality of production
  • Carry out sewing processes.

Selection of units from the Textiles Advanced Apprenticeship:

  • Health, safety and security in the Textile working environment
  • Contribute to the continuous improvement of operations.

Selection of units from the Apparel Advanced Apprenticeship:

  • Health, safety and security in the Apparel working environment
  • Contribute to the continuous improvement of operations.
Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements to study an Apprenticeship at Blackburn College. You will have an initial assessment when you come in for an interview, and this will show the level of English and maths qualifications, known as functional skills, that you will study alongside your apprenticeship.

Blackburn College will work with applicants to help find a suitable employer where possible. However we always advise anyone looking to undertake an apprenticeship to be actively seeking employment for themselves too.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed in one or more of the following ways:

  • Course work
  • Exams
  • Oral questioning
  • Portfolio of evidence
  • Practical demonstration /assignment
  • Practical examination
  • Written examination
What can I do next?

The Intermediate Apprenticeship will give you the opportunity to progress onto an Advanced Apprenticeship. On successful completion of the apprenticeship, natural progression would be to a higher level course or promotion within your employment to give you a broader range and quality of skills and understanding of the industry and its requirements.

Your Study Programme

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Career Options

Textiles Production Manager

Textiles production managers are in charge of all stages of the textiles manufacturing process. They make sure that the process runs smoothly, is profitable, and delivers products to the right standard and on time.

If you’re interested in fabrics, and improving quality while reducing waste, this job could be ideal for you.

In this job you’ll need to be a strong leader with a good understanding of modern manufacturing methods.

To get into this job you’ll usually need to have a foundation degree or degree, although you may be able to work your way up while taking further qualifications or an Apprenticeship.

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Textile Technologist

Textile technologists design, develop and produce fibres, yarns and fabrics. They work in a range of areas including research and development, engineering, production, and quality control.

If you’re interested in fabrics and have lots of creative ideas to develop new uses for textiles, this job could suit you well.

In this job you’ll need technical knowledge of textiles, good ‘people’ skills and an awareness of how businesses operate.

A degree is usually preferred for this job, though you may be able to work your way up. You may also be able to get into this job through an Apprenticeship.

Job Opportunites in Lancashire

Fine Artist

Fine artists create original works of art using a variety of methods such as painting, drawing, sculpture, engraving, printmaking or media like computer graphics. If you are a very creative person with original ideas, and you have talent in one or more artistic areas, this job could be for you.

You’ll need a good appreciation of colour and shape. You will also need self-motivation to work alone and the business skills to promote your own work.

Most fine artists have training in art and design, and qualifications like an HND, degree or a postgraduate award. If you are exceptionally talented and can produce work that there is a demand for, you may be able to sell your work without any formal qualifications.

Job Opportunites in Lancashire

Future income

Salaries for Textile Production Managers can start between £22,000 and £28,000 a year.

Experienced managers can earn between £30,000 and £50,000 a year. 


If you are aged 16-24, and you don't think you have the necessary 'work-ready' skills, we also offer Traineeships. Our 8 week courses provide the essential work preparation training, English, maths and work experience needed to secure your place on an Apprenticeship. More information can be found here 

Additional Apprenticeship Information

Apprentices should work for at least 30 hours per week and an Apprenticeship takes between one and five years to complete, depending upon the level of Apprenticeship and the industry sector. Most of the training is delivered in the workplace, so you will learn the skills you need to do the job well. The rest of the training is given by Blackburn College, either at the workplace, in College or via e-learning. The training is specifically tailored to ensure you develop the skills the employer wants, giving apprentices a real advantage in the workplace.

This means that apprentices not only have better long term salary prospects, but they also have excellent progression opportunities, whether looking to study further or climb the ranks within the workplace.