How to become a knitting machinist
You can get into this job through:
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
- applying directly
You may be able to start by doing a course like:
- Level 1 Award in Fashion and Textiles
- Level 2 Certificate In Fashion
You'll need to check that knitting is included in the course content. Some colleges and adult learning centres offer machine knitting and hand knitting craft courses for learners who have a general interest or knit as a hobby.
There are no set entry requirements for this route.
You may be able to gain some of the skills needed in this role through a sewing machinist intermediate apprenticeship.
You could get into higher level roles where you would have responsibility for setting up and programming machines, through a knitted product manufacturing technician advanced apprenticeship.
These typically take between 12 and 24 months to complete. You'll do a mix of workplace learning and off-the-job study.
To get onto an apprenticeship, you'll find it useful to have:
- some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship
- 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
You could apply directly for jobs if you've got experience in creative crafts, sewing or textiles. Training is given on the job in many cases.
If you are interested in a career as a hand knitter or knitting designer-maker you can find out more information from the Crafts Council.
You can find out more about working as a knitting machinist from UKFT Futures.
You can get more information on working in crafts and creative careers from Discover Creative Careers.