Material cutter apprenticeship

Cut material by hand or machine using templates or measurements and then prepare components for assembly

Working in the production of fashion and textiles using fabrics such as canvas, cotton, leather, vinyl, wool, woven and non-woven, during the material cutter apprenticeship you’ll produce items for ranges such as handbags, shoes, clothing, tents and industrial textiles. In preparation for cutting, you’ll select materials, check for quality issues, plan, measure and calculate material usage, ensuring minimal wastage. You will then cut the materials to meet the required quality, quantity and specifications. You may be required to then bundle, label and complete records for the production process. To keep everything running smoothly, you’ll maintain the equipment, such as changing blades, sharpening shears and removing lint. Working in a production environment, you’ll need a good eye for detail and will need to be able to distinguish between colours and patterns. The role can also be physically demanding, involving lifting heavy rolls of fabric and standing for long periods of time.


Duration: 12 months

Relevant school subjects: DT

Entry requirements for the material cutter apprenticeship: Depend on employer, but likely GCSEs or equivalent qualifications or relevant experience

Achievement upon completion: Level 2 (Intermediate)—equivalent to GCSEs

Potential salary upon completion: £19,000

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