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Apprenticeship training course

Material cutter (level 2)

Cut specified material components by hand or by machine using templates or measurements and then prepare the components for assembly.

Qualification level
Equivalent to GCSE.
Typical duration
12 months
Apprenticeship category
Engineering and manufacturing
Maximum funding
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
Also known as
  • Cutter
  • Cutting operative
  • Fabric cutter
  • Manufacturing cutter
  • Material cutter
  • Sample cutter
  • Textile cutter
Skills an apprentice will learn
  • Read, interpret, and follow information for example work instructions, material specifications.
  • Prepare the work area for cutting materials.
  • Maintain the work area.
  • Follow health and safety regulations, legislation and procedures; PPE, manual handling, lifting procedures and ergonomic practice.
  • Follow environmental and sustainability regulations and procedures.
  • Estimate and calculate material requirements to complete the job.
  • Select material following specification or instruction.
  • Inspect materials against specifications and quality standard.
  • Check lay plan.
  • Prepare materials for cutting for example lay and spread material.
  • Select, check and use tools/equipment for the task.
  • Cut material by hand and/or machine for example band knife, shears, laser.
  • Check quality of the lay post cut for example waste minimised, grain, component positioning, colour continuity.
  • Check cut components.
  • Prepare material for the next stage of the production process for example bundling, labelling.
  • Identify and segregate material for reuse, recycling and disposal.
  • Check and clean tools and equipment and sharpen or change blades as required.
  • Report cutting issues for example material faults, equipment faults shortages, required recuts, lay plan.
  • Apply continuous improvement techniques.
  • Communicate with colleagues: verbal.
  • Enter information - written or electronic.

Full information on Material cutter (level 2) is available from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

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