The best natural fibres in the world. Innovative Kiwi design. Global clothing brands.
What do they do?
Apparel workers are involved in the design, production and sales of garments, including womenswear, menswear, childrenswear and accessories.
What kind of jobs could I do?
Roles in the apparel industry include:
- Fabric Cutter
- Sewing Machinist
- Sample Coordinator
- Production Manager – offshore or domestic
Plus there are opportunities to take on the types of roles that are common to all manufacturing processes (e.g. quality control, distribution, sales).
Does this sound like you?
• English or Media Studies or History
• Sciences or Workshop Technology
• Creative Arts (Visual / Textiles / Graphics / Performance Music)
• Computing / ICT / Information Management
• Confident communicator
• Good at precision work
• Good work habits/time management
• Good at problem solving / creative
• Administration, planning or organising things
• Making or fixing things
• Working with machinery
• Creative work (writing, drawing, styling)
Preferred work environments
• Inside (workshop or plant)
• One place every day
|School||Entry level jobs||Advancing jobs||Senior jobs|
No minimum entry requirement
Apparel cutting & sewing
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How much could I earn?
0 - 2 years experience
$20k - $35k
What do we offer?
We partner with industry associations and members of your industry to help recruit and build talented employees. This support includes promoting careers in your industry, identifying potential learners, and encouraging work placements.
- We also ensure your industry’s qualifications continue to meet needs, support industry events like conferences, competitions and graduations and regularly celebrate your learners’ success.
- When apprentices enroll, we assign them a Competenz account manager. Our account managers understand the industry and the skills learners and businesses need to gain.
There are a wide range of qualifications at different levels and with different strands (options). These qualifications and strands cater to people entering the apparel industry or wanting to build their skills in specialised areas of apparel manufacturing.
- National Certificate in Clothing Manufacture (Basic Garment Assembly), Level 3
- National Certificate in Clothing Manufacture (Commercial Sewing Skills), Level 3
- National Certificate in Clothing Manufacture (Cutting), Level 3
- National Certificate in Clothing Manufacture (Design and Patternmaking), Level 3
- National Certificate in Clothing Manufacture (Mechanic), Level 3
- National Certificate in Clothing Manufacture (Sewing), Level 3
- National Certificate in Leather Garment Manufacture with specialist strands in Material Selection and Cutting, Sewing and Garment Assembly, and Garment Finishing and Inspection, Level 3