Fashion and textiles - level 2 apprenticeship framework

This framework sets out the standards and criteria you must meet to complete the apprenticeship programme and receive your apprenticeship certificate for level two fashion and textiles. This is the only level 2 training in this skill acceptable for apprenticeshipsni funding.

About the framework

This framework specifies the standards and the criteria for the delivery of level 2 apprenticeship training to achieve qualified status within the fashion and textile industry.

If you successfully complete the apprenticeship you'll gain a level 2 qualification and recognition as a qualified person within the industry sector.

Mandatory outcomes

Achievement of a level 2 apprenticeship in fashion and textiles will be assessed by verification through the appropriate awarding body.

You must complete both a competence-based and knowledge-based qualification, along with the mandatory essential skills qualifications.

Mandatory essential skills

To successfully complete the apprenticeship, apprentices must achieve the following essential skills qualifications as part of the apprenticeship, or already hold a recognised equivalent:

  • application of number – level 1
  • communication – level 1

However, any qualifications you already have are assessed against the framework requirements and may result in an exemption from the above.

If you haven’t got a level 1 ICT qualification, your training contractor is strongly encouraged to offer ICT Essential Skills level 1 as well as the essential skills above.

Competency and knowledge qualifications

You must complete both a competency-based and a knowledge-based qualification, from the lists below.

Pathway one – textiles

Competence-based qualification:

Knowledge-based qualification:

Pathway two – apparel

Competence-based qualification:

Knowledge-based qualification:

Pathway three – leather goods

Competence-based qualification:

Knowledge-based qualification:

Pathway four – footwear

Competence-based qualification:

Knowledge-based qualification:

Pathway five – saddlery

Competence-based qualification:

Knowledge-based qualification:

Pathway six – leather production

Competence-based qualification:

Knowledge-based qualification:

Fashion and textile job roles                                          

Textiles

  • textile operative
  • quality control inspector
  • sewing machinist
  • linker
  • knitter
  • product tester

Apparel

  • cloth cutter
  • sewing machinist
  • tape sealer
  • hand presser
  • quality control inspector
  • clothing presser
  • dressmaker
  • clothing sewing machinist

Leather goods

  • quality control inspector
  • leather craftworker
  • leather goods service operative
  • cutter
  • pattern cutter, product tester

Footwear

  • quality control inspector
  • leather craftworker
  • footwear manufacturing operative
  • product tester
  • footwear service operative

Saddlery

  • society of master saddlers (sms) registered trainee saddler
  • leather craftworker
  • saddlery service operative
  • cutter
  • pattern cutter
  • sewing machinist

Leather production

  • leather tanner
  • leather trimmer/ finisher

Eligibility and entry to the programme

You must be a new employee, or an existing employee taking on a new role to take part in the programme.

There are no formal entry requirements to take part in this apprenticeship, however employers may apply their own criteria at recruitment.

Employers and training contractors must make sure that learners have the potential and opportunity to gain the apprenticeship successfully.

See also the DfE operational requirements

Duration       

Apprenticeship duration can vary and will be agreed between the apprentice, training contractor and employer.

Related knowledge

You must complete a suitable employee rights and responsibilities (ERR) workbook.

Framework certification is issued on confirmation from training suppliers that the ERR has been completed.

Responsibilities

It's the training contractor/ college's responsibility to make sure all components of this framework are delivered in line with apprenticeshipsni operational requirements.

The apprentice must be employed from day one.

Further information

The content of this framework (Framework 116 Issue 5: 10/20) has been agreed by the Department for the Economy. 

For more information, contact:

Level 2 apprenticeship frameworks

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