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Why become an apprentice in the fashion and textile industry


Are you considering becoming an apprentice? Apprenticeships are a great way to kickstart your career in the fashion and textile industry. Scroll down to find out more.


An apprenticeship combines paid work with study and training. The apprentice receives training from all levels of the business and is coached by a senior employee, whilst working towards an industry recognised qualification. Whether you are just getting started or looking for a change, an apprenticeship will support you to develop the skills and knowledge needed to work in the fashion and textiles sector.


National Apprenticeship Week 2023

5 things to know about apprenticeships

  • They are a great way to discover a sector you are interested in and to acquire in-demand skills
  • An apprentice typically earns an industry recognised qualification in 2 to 4 years
  • The apprentice has no student debt to worry about, as the training is funded by the government and the employer!
  • The apprentice must spend a minimum of 20% of their contracted hours in training
  •  Apprenticeships include paid employment and annual leave

“Don’t hesitate! The opportunity to ‘earn while you learn’ is great. Your training includes technical training at your place of work as well as away from your workstation gathering valuable knowledge about your role and the techniques used.” – John West, UKFT’s Director of Skills & Training

There are different levels of apprenticeships

  • level 2 and 3: equivalent to GCSE and A level
  • level 4 and 5: equivalent to a foundation degree
  • level 6 and 7: equivalent to a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree



To become an apprentice, you must:

  • Be aged 16 or over
  • Not be in full-time education
  • Be based in England

Apprenticeships are also available for those based outside of England, in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.


Ready to start your journey into apprenticeships?