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Produce highly specialised dyes and colours for the production of textiles, apparel, upholstery and fashion fabrics

A technical dyer and colourist will produce highly specialised dyes and colours to provide dye and colour chemistry in the production of textiles, apparel, upholstery and fashion fabrics. During the technical dyer and colourist apprenticeship, you’ll interact with a wide variety of individuals from the most senior technologists, leaders and directors, to shop floor operatives. You’ll work in a factory environment, interchanging between manufacturing facilities and laboratories. Almost all your work will be carried out indoors and within a controlled environment where you’ll deal with customers by telephone or email over technical data or job sheets. You’ll be responsible for the exact scientific analysis, accurate measurements, trials, production and quality of dyed, pigmented and colour applications to clothing in a heavily industrialised or mechanised scenario. You’ll work in a senior role and lead a team of dyehouse operatives. You’ll report directly to senior management and directors and will have overall scrutiny and responsibility for the accuracy of manufactured products within the dyeing and colouration environment.


Duration: 36 months

Relevant school subjects: DT and science

Entry requirements for the technical dyer and colourist apprenticeship: Depend on employer, but likely A-levels or equivalent qualifications or relevant experience

Achievement upon completion: Level 4 (Higher)—equivalent to a foundation degree

Potential salary upon completion: £25,000 per annum

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