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New Material Cutter and Knitted Product Manufacturing Technician apprenticeships


Two new apprenticeships for the fashion and textile industry in England have been approved by The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IfATE):  Knitted Product Manufacturing Technician and Material Cutter.

The Knitted Product Manufacturing Technician apprenticeship is a level 3 and has been developed by a trailblazer group of employers including John Smedley, David Nieper, Urgo, Discovery Knitting, Jackmasters, Chiltern Wool, Genevieve Sweeney, Oubas Knitwear, Baltex, M Wright & Sons and Albion Knitwear. The standard is aimed at Knitted Product Manufacturing Technicians in the garment, medical and technical textile industries.

The Material Cutter is a level 2 standard and replaces the previous apprenticeship framework Cloth Cutter offer, widened to cover the entire textile industry in a broader range of application. The trailblazer group of employers that has developed the standard includes David Nieper, The Senator group, Harrison Spinks, MAES London, Intimate Apparel Samples, Ena Shaw, The All in One Company, Plus Samples, Morgan Furniture and Ruth Glen.

Note – In England all previous fashion & textiles apprenticeship frameworks are now closed for enrolments. From August 2020 all apprentice starts in England are via apprenticeship standards only.

UKFT is the government-appointed Sector Skills Body for fashion and textiles in all four nations. We work with employers, education providers and other stakeholders to raise the skills and productivity of the people who work in the UK fashion and textile industry