Course Information

Where is the course delivered?

Bridgwater Campus.

Who is the course for?

This course is for individuals employed in the sewn products industry. It is suitable for young men and women with various skills and an interest in the subject. Learners will need to enjoy working in a practical way and within a team. Learners will also need to be keen to train both at work and at College.

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What does the course involve?

There are many aspects of Sewn Products, including:

  • Prepare components
  • Carrying out complex manufacturing operations
  • Machine sew components to produce textile goods
  • Investigate health and safety procedures
  • Use of machinery in a safe environment
  • Maintain the quality of production

Most jobs combine a number of these aspects, but whichever job candidates choose to do, the NVQ will be structured so that the training matches the job. Learners will work for their employer for four days a week and train for one day a week either in-house or at College.

What makes this course special?

The textile industry is growing from strength to strength with more employers recognising the need to encourage younger people to work within the industry.

Entry Requirements

Candidates should be educated to GCSE level and will need to complete an initial assessment either at College or in the workplace. This assessment will help us guide candidates to the most appropriate programme to meet their needs.

What are the assessment methods?

There are no exams with NVQs. Apprentices are assessed on their knowledge and skills on an ongoing basis and will obtain evidence that they can meet the required standards throughout their training. There will be tests for some of the additional qualifications, such as the Technical Certificate.

Apprentices will be appointed an assessor who will visit the workplace and assess their progress. Some of these visits will provide apprentices with evidence that they can use towards the qualification. One day a week apprentices will work on their College coursework, gaining the underpinning knowledge required. Apprentices will also be provided with a training officer who will oversee the training at work and during the College training sessions. The training officer will visit at least once every three months to review progress and help with any problems.

How long is the course?

The Apprenticeship ends when the apprentice has completed all of the necessary components of the course. This may take up to two years. The pace of progress will depend on the apprentice.

What are the progression options?

Opportunity to progress within the textile industries in a variety of roles.

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