Textile operative

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Textile operatives spin natural and synthetic material into yarns and fabrics for use in clothing, furnishings and industrial products.

Salary range: £13,000 to £25,000

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How to become a textile operative

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • applying directly
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College

You could do a college course, which may help you when you start looking for work. Courses include:

  • Level 1 Certificate in Textiles
  • Level 2 Certificate in Fashion and Textiles

Entry requirements

You’ll usually need:

  • 2 or fewer GCSEs at grades 3 to 1 (D to G), or equivalent, for a level 1 course
  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course

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Apprenticeship

You could start by doing a textile manufacturing operative intermediate apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

You’ll usually need:

  • some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship

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Direct application

You can apply directly for work. There are no particular requirements although experience in textile manufacturing will be helpful.

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You’ll need:

  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to operate and control equipment
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • the ability to work on your own
  • knowledge of manufacturing production and processes
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • observation and recording skills
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

What you’ll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day duties may include:

  • operating machine looms that knit, weave and loop threads together
  • preparing fibres, making sure they are combed, cleaned and twisted into yarns
  • spinning fibres and winding them onto bobbins or cones
  • treating fabrics to make them stain or crease resistant
  • cleaning production areas

Working environment

You could work in a factory or in a workshop.

Your working environment may be noisy.

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Career path and progression

You could you could move into a machine maintenance job or quality control. You might also get promotion to become a production supervisor then shift manager.