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Apprenticeship training course

Bespoke cutter and tailor (level 5)

Producing tailored garments that are cut and made to a unique pattern for an individual.

Qualification level
Equivalent to higher national diploma (HND).
Typical duration
24 months
Apprenticeship category
Creative and design
Maximum funding
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
Also known as
  • Bespoke cutter
  • Bespoke tailor
Skills an apprentice will learn
  • Produce a bespoke specification to deliver against agreed client requirements such as design, material and timeframe.
  • Professional communication with stakeholders.
  • Interpret specification, managing expectations both internally and externally.
  • Professional communication with colleagues to ensure a productive work environment.
  • Maintain comprehensive records relating to the sale and production of bespoke garments.
  • Identify defects in materials and take the correct course of action to rectify.
  • Select materials suitable for intended use.
  • Diagnose and improve on issues against the specification of the bespoke garment.
  • Store tools and equipment for example shears and scissors.
  • Identify and minimise hazards and control risks in the workplace to maintain work procedures ensuring health and safety requirements are met.
  • Select, prepare, and test tools and machinery, including adjustments for different materials.
  • Correctly handle and store bespoke cut components in the making process.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of the bespoke cutting and tailoring process.
  • Handle and store finished bespoke garments in a safe and suitable location ready for client fitting or collection.
  • Assess bespoke garment and implement the appropriate method to remedy a problem.
  • Implement efficient and effective use of resources, time and materials.

Full information on Bespoke cutter and tailor (level 5) is available from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

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