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Textiles Apprenticeship (Level 2 Intermediate and Level 3 Advanced) at Blackburn College

Course description

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.

Course content

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.


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

Future opportunities

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.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Blackburn College directly.

Last updated date: 12 February 2016
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