Reference Quantity: ST0540

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Occupational Profile:

This occupation is present in sewn product producers, footwear producers, manufacturers and retailers. They are often concerned within the manufacturing of a variety and number of merchandise, from clothes and vogue to leather-based items, sneakers, gentle furnishings, marine and medical textiles.

The broad function of the occupation is to supply technical help all through the product improvement course of and guarantee accepted samples with specs; manufacturing directions and manufacturing patterns are in place so the manufacturing course of can start and be accomplished by the required date and inside finances.

Of their every day work, an worker on this occupation may work together with designers, senior managers consumers, merchandisers, warehouse managers, sample cutters, pattern machinists, high quality management and manufacturing managers, and prospects; it will rely upon the scale of the corporate.  They are going to be accountable for technical and industrial components of the product improvement cycle in fast paced setting. In bigger companies product technologists may match inside a workforce, in smaller companies the product technologist will expertise a big diploma of autonomy.

Product technologist typical duties embrace:

  1. Evaluating new product designs
  2. Supporting the manufacturing of sewn product samples
  3. Pattern assessment, analysis and approval
  4. Producing product specs and manufacturing directions
  5. Figuring out appropriate supplies and equipment
  6. Analysing product returns and faults
  7. Supporting the manufacturing and distribution processes
  8. Costing and finances administration
  9. High quality assurance and management
  10. Conduct product danger assessments


  • Communication strategies, throughout all ranges and departments concerned within the gross sales, manufacturing and distribution course of
  • Technical paperwork/data and digital methods and the consequence of incorrectly accomplished data e.g. tech-packs, specs, monitoring, assessment notes, product historical past

Insurance policies and procedures:

  • Well being, security, welfare and environmental insurance policies, protected working practices and dangers related to a sewn product working setting 
  • Employer and worker authorized obligations, staff’ rights and duties, equality and variety
  • Laws and laws import laws, security laws, commerce laws, duties and tariffs


Expertise: Product Technologists can:

Develop and assessment samples:

  • Analyse, consider and value the manufacturing of given designs and establish doable constraints
  • Develop samples that meets design, finish use and specs.
  • Contribute to suit periods and manufacturing conferences
  • Analyse product samples with deal with high quality, match , danger and manufacturing processes e.g. measurement, form, supplies, timescales and prices
  • Perform product danger assessments e.g. security, color, value, time, health for function, manufacturing course of
  • Approve samples and allocate pattern seal if applicable, sustaining an entire historical past of the sealing course of 
  • Oversee materials and product exams and analyse check outcomes e.g. efficiency, operate, wash, wearer/consumer trials

Help manufacturing

  • Develop product tech-packs e.g. specs, working drawings, measurements, labelling, high quality requirements, tolerances, supplies 
  • Guarantee laws and regulation necessities are met e.gimport laws, security laws, commerce laws

Cope with product faults and returns

  • Conduct product critiques on returned merchandise
  • Analyse product returns and establish potential options e.g. change supplies,  re-cut sample
  • Full evaluation experiences 

High quality Assurance

  • Handle high quality issues and eradicate potential points e.g. material, trim, development faults 
  • Contribute to the answer of manufacturing points e.g. thread breakage, lacking parts
  • Work with the warehouse and distribution methods and processes to make sure, protected, punctual supply of merchandise

Talk successfully:

  • Use related communication methods and precisely full work data

Behaviour: Product Technologists:

  • Take possession and settle for of duty for product expertise work
  • Attempt to enhance product high quality, manufacturing processes and manufacturing methods
  • Are attentive to altering priorities and necessities of the product business, demonstrating initiative, confidence and self-motivation
  • Work positively as a part of a workforce, taking account of equality and variety 
  • Construct efficient inner and exterior working relationships, networking throughout all ranges and departments
  • Have a methodical and calm method to office stress, deadlines and manufacturing calls for
  • Are assertive, resilient and assured when speaking views and concepts that may profit the product design and manufacturing course of
  • Are reflective on expertise, data and behaviours and search alternatives to develop and advance expertise in response to the evolving manufacturing setting and applied sciences
  • Have a security first perspective, guaranteeing the security of self and others as applicable in a sewn product manufacturing setting


Sometimes 22 months

Entry necessities: 

Entry necessities can be a matter for particular person employers, sometimes an apprentice is likely to be anticipated to have already achieved an applicable degree of English and maths (GCSE grades C or above)

English and maths:

People with out Stage 2 English and maths might want to obtain this degree previous to end-point evaluation.

For these with an training, well being and care plan or a legacy assertion the apprenticeships English and maths minimal requirement is Entry Stage 3. British Signal Language qualification is a substitute for English {qualifications} for these whom that is their main language. 




After three years

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