Apprenticeship In Fashion & Textiles

The Level 2 & 3 Apprenticeships will enable you to develop skills in specific chosen areas of manufacturing to suit your and your employer needs.  This could be in Garment Construction, Sewing, Sample Technology and Pattern & Grading Technology.  The skills you will learn are essential for a successful career in the Fashion & Textiles Industry including aspects of Design, Quality and Professional Practice.

The skills you will learn on the course are essential for a successful career in the Fashion & Textiles Industry. Whether you want to be a Designer, Sample Machinist or become self-employed and create your own line of clothing. You will be employed by a manufacturer on a full time basis for a minimum of 30 hours a week. This will entail 4 days in the workplace and attending the Fashion Academy for 1 day a week

You will learn all about the Fashion & Textile Industry, including the history, technical areas, sewing processes and also how to investigate the market in aspects of design, colour forecasting and manufacturing techniques.

We have a dedicated studio that is fully equipped with the latest industrial sewing machinery, press beds and pattern cutting tables. You will also have access to all other college facilities.

Intermediate - Level 2 Certificate in Apparel
Intermediate - Level 2 Certificate in Manufacturing Sewn Products
Level 1 Functional Skills in Literacy and Numeracy (Unless previously accredited)

Advanced - Level 3 Certificate in Apparel Manufacturing Technology
Advanced - Level 3 Diploma in Apparel Production
Level 2 Functional skills in Literacy and Numeracy (Unless previously accredited)

Level 2 – A keen interest in Fashion & Textiles
Level 3 – Preferably GCSE grade A-C in English and Maths.

If you are ages 16-23 the Skills Funding Agency will fund the cost of the training.
If you are aged 24+ an employer contribution would be required.

After completion of the level 3 Apprenticeship you can progress on to higher education at University level 4 & 5, set up your own business or get a full time job in the industry.

Study Programme


All students at Oldham College will participate in a personalised study programme that will maximise your potential and enable you to progress onto employment, apprenticeships or higher education.

This means you will:

  • Study a core qualification in a vocational discipline and continue to develop your English and Maths skills through functional skills, GCSE resits and the option of Level 3 qualifications
  • Participate in meaningful work experience
  • Enjoy a range of enrichment opportunities e.g. basketball, archery, skiing and sign language
  • Take part in dedicated tutorial sessions to review your progress and development