Fashion and textiles product technologist

Fashion and textiles product technologist

“A fashion and textiles product technologist oversees the product development cycle at sewn product manufacturers, footwear manufacturers, brands and retailers”

A fashion and textiles product technologist works at sewn product manufacturers, footwear manufacturers, brands and retailers, and is involved in the production of a wide range and variety of products, from clothing and fashion to leather goods, shoes, soft furnishings, marine and medical textiles. In this role, you’ll provide technical support throughout the product development process and ensure approved samples with specifications. You’ll also provide production instructions and ensure that production patterns are in place so the manufacturing process can commence and be completed by the required date and within budget. You’ll be responsible for the technical and commercial elements of the product development cycle in a fast-moving environment. In a larger firm, you may work within a team, while in a smaller firm you’ll experience a significant degree of autonomy.

Duration: 22 months

Relevant school subjects: DT, art and business studies

Entry requirements: GCSEs in English and maths

Achievement upon completion: Level 4 (Higher)—equivalent to a foundation degree

Potential salary upon completion: £23,000 per annum