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What do they do?

Apparel workers are involved in the design, production and sales of garments, including womenswear, menswear, childrenswear and accessories.

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What kind of jobs could I do?

Roles in the apparel industry include:

  • Fabric Cutter
  • Designer
  • Patternmaker
  • 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).

     Sound like you?

Study areas
Helpful experience
Preferred work environments
  • English or Media 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)
  • Inside (workshop or plant)
  • One place every day

Career pathway

SchoolEntry level jobsAdvancing jobsSenior jobs
  • NCEA Level 2 Maths and English is recommended
  • Laundry Processor
  • Drycleaning Production Assistant
  • Drycleaner
  • Team Leader
  • Quality Manager
  • Production Manager
  • Business Manager
  • Operations Manager
  • Business Owner
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