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Apprenticeship training course

Textile manufacturing operative (level 2)

Using machinery to spin natural and synthetic material into yarns and fabrics.

Qualification level
Equivalent to GCSE.
Typical duration
18 months
Apprenticeship category
Engineering and manufacturing
Maximum funding
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
Also known as
  • Beamer
  • Blender
  • Carder
  • Coater
  • Colour matcher
  • Cone winder
  • Creeler
  • Dyer or dye house operative
  • Early stage processing operative
  • Finisher
  • Gaiter
  • Knotter
  • Loom operative
  • Scouring or range operator
  • Spinner or spinning operative
  • Textile multi operative
  • Textile preparation operator
  • Textile production operator
  • Tufter
  • Twister
  • Warper or warping operative
  • Weaver or weaving operative
  • Winding operative
Skills an apprentice will learn
  • Read and interpret information for example, standard operating procedures, manuals, production plans, handover notes.
  • Organise and prioritise own work.
  • Follow health, safety and environmental procedures in line with regulations, standards, and guidance.
  • Apply sustainability principles for example, minimise energy usage, minimise waste, and recycle materials.
  • Follow operating procedures.
  • Check resources.
  • Check and set up equipment and machinery.
  • Conduct start-up quality checks.
  • Feed textile product components into the machine.
  • Monitor manufacturing process; adjust parameters for example, speed, temperature.
  • Conduct in-process production quality checks (roaming).
  • Conduct final inspection quality checks.
  • Prepare output for next stage for example, label, package.
  • Monitor own performance data.
  • Collect and record information: text or data - paper based or electronic.
  • Identify and segregate resources for reuse, recycling, and disposal.
  • Follow basic maintenance procedures for example, clean, oil and lubricate machinery.
  • Identify and resolve common faults and issues.
  • Escalate issues.
  • Identify opportunity for continuous improvement.
  • Use information technology and digital systems. Comply with cyber security.
  • Apply team working principles.
  • Communicate with others for example, colleagues, customers, and managers.
  • Carry out and record learning and development activities.

Full information on Textile manufacturing operative (level 2) is available from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

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