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Apprenticeship training course

Technical dyer and colourist (level 4)

Producing highly specialised dyes and colours.

Qualification level
Equivalent to higher national certificate (HNC).
Typical duration
36 months
Apprenticeship category
Engineering and manufacturing
Maximum funding
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
Also known as
  • Colour chemist
  • Colour scientist
  • Dye technologist
  • Dye-house technician
  • Laboratory manager
  • Laboratory technician
  • Manufacturing managers
  • Senior dye-house supervisor
Skills an apprentice will learn
  • Create and monitor dye profiles for batch production and batch reporting, ensuring that appropriate decision making to tackle fault or quality issues is effectively undertaken
  • Develop operational plans that affect dye manufacturing, including the completion of specialist, technical reports and data to articulate results
  • Perform effectively within a team environment and build strong positive working relationships with internal and external customers, colleagues, stakeholders and suppliers to ensure the mission and the ethos of the company is maintained.
  • Identify and formulate problem solving technical problems associated with errors or critical failures within the coloration industry
  • Carry out technical dye profiling for batch production, batch reporting analytics and problem solving/decision making to tackle fault or quality issues
  • Use pressure (jet) and atmospheric dyeing techniques and machinery to produce dyed fibres, yarns and fabrics including jig/winch, loose stock, vat, hank, yarn and top dyeing variations
  • Identify types of dye process needed to ascertain variations and differences of natural and man-made fibres, such as polyesters, wools, cottons and nylons
  • Carry out technical steps in the manufacturing selection process to ensure non-routine dye treatments and application techniques are consistent
  • Effective team performance, building positive relationships with stakeholders to ensure the mission and the ethos of the company is maintained throughout the customer journey
  • Effectively communicate at all levels, detailing dye and colouration information with clarity, logic and accuracy demonstrating a high degree of technical detail to stakeholders
  • Maintain atmospheric and pressure dyeing systems, ensuring that presses, hoists and dispensary equipment including effluent control are managed and maintained, machinery utilisation is maximised and downtime minimised through effective maintenance
  • Contribute to operational plans including specialist, technical reports and data to reinforce results and decision making such as Identifying priorities that affect the running of production
  • Scrutinise the impact of environment science on dyeing and colouration processes and manage treatments that impact on the environment (such as spillage, effluent leakage, process controlling, implication and remedial activity)
  • Analyse information, formulate judgements and articulate reasoned arguments through reflection, review and evaluation
  • Use relevant ICT systems and machinery such as flow control, valve pressure, valve opening machines and spectrometers to determine the correct dye colour

Full information on Technical dyer and colourist (level 4) is available from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

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