How to become a garment technologist

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role

University

You could do a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree in garment technology or fashion design.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 1 or 2 A levels, or equivalent, for a foundation degree or higher national diploma
  • 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree

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College

You could start with a college course before applying for a job as a garment technology assistant. Relevant courses include:

  • Level 3 Certificate in Fashion and Textiles
  • Level 4 Diploma in Garment Technology for Fashion Retail

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course
  • 1 or 2 A levels, a level 3 diploma or relevant experience for a level 4 or level 5 course

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Apprenticeship

You can get into this job through a fashion and textiles product technologist higher apprenticeship, or specialise in technical textiles through a higher apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship

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Work

You may be able to start as a garment technology assistant after completing a qualification in fashion or textiles. You would do further training on the job to become a technologist.

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Further information

You can find out more about working and training in garment technology through the British Fashion Council.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to work well with others
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • knowledge of maths
  • knowledge of manufacturing production and processes
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day tasks may include:

  • suggesting changes to clothing pattern designs
  • giving advice on suitable fabrics
  • making sure garments can be produced within budget
  • overseeing fabric testing and fittings of first samples
  • making sure that the correct garment construction methods are used
  • responding to product queries
  • analysing product returns and faults
  • producing quality control reports

Working environment

You could work in a creative studio or in an office.

Career path and progression

With experience, you could become a senior technologist, quality controller or technical production manager.

You could also move into research or teaching in a university fashion and textiles department.

Current opportunities

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