Garment Maker Apprenticeship Level 3 - Bridgwater & Taunton College

Course Overview

This Apprenticeship is to construct garments – bringing the design to life, following specifications and quality standards. They may work on one-off products for specific customers or garment samples to be replicated. They help determine the best production method for each design, review fit, deal with manufacturing issues and monitor resources. Garment makers know and understand the end-to-end garment making process. They are extremely proficient sewers, operating sewing machines effectively and applying stitching techniques by hand. They work with different materials and trimmings, appropriate to the design. They work to a high level of accuracy; with close attention to detail, they apply efficient time management skills and may need to work under pressure to meet customer or season deadlines.

In their daily work, an employee in this occupation interacts with personnel involved in garment design, development and production. It will vary depending on the business size, structure and working environment. Typically, in a small production unit, they would interact with the designer and pattern cutter. In a workshop producing couture or bespoke garments, they may interact with a tailor, cutter or the designer. In a wider factory setting, they may work as part of a larger team, this could mean working in a sample room or on the factory floor, interacting with production tailors, designers, product technologists, pattern cutters, fabric cutters, quality controllers and sewing machinists.

An employee in this occupation will be responsible for the pursuit of excellence in relation to the assembly, finish and look of the end product. Throughout the construction of the garment, they need to meet the design brief, which includes specifications and quality standards. They must work effectively on their own or as part of a wider team and must comply with health and safety requirements.

  • Interpret and follow garment specifications, patterns and/or instructions
  • Assemble fabric components to make a whole garment
  • Select and use different types of sewing needles for different materials, for example size, diamond point, ballpoint
  • Select and use different types of attachments, for example adjustable presser foot, zipper foot, seam guide, applique foot
  • Match fabric prints, checks and stripes during garment assemble
  • Hand stitch garments, for example baste, catch, running, slip, chain or couching stitch
  • Sew different seam types, for example, flat seams, lapped seams, over locked seam
  • Shape garments using different sewing techniques, for example, darts, gathers, tucks
  • Position and attach trimmings, for example braid, bias lace. buttons, eyelets
  • Finish garments; selecting appropriate techniques, for example rolled hems, zip insertion, pockets, fusing
    Most jobs combine a number of these aspects, but whichever job you choose to do, your Apprenticeship will be structured so that the training matches your job.

Apprentices can start this apprenticeship at any time of year.

Assessment Methods

The End Point Assessment will be an interive/profession discussion, practical assessment and direct observations from an external agency. This will take place within your workplace. You will be appointed an Assessor who will visit you in the workplace and assess your progress. Some of these visits will provide you with evidence that you can use towards our qualification. One day a week you will work on your college course work gaining the underpinning knowledge required Functional Skills in Maths, English (exemptions may apply)

Course Summary

Course Title Garment Maker Apprenticeship Level 3
Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

GCSE grades A-C or 4-9 and above in Maths and English
Interest/experience in the vocational area
Formal application
Initial Assessment in Maths and English
You will also need a suitable employer who are able and willing to support you during your Apprenticeship programme.

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Studying Fashion Business and Retail at Bridgwater and Taunton College was the best choice I could have made. The staff team are probably the most helpful and fun to learn with teachers I’ve ever had and have really shared their love for the subject and industry with me. Next year I am going onto the Art and Design Foundation Diploma to help build my portfolio whilst I continue to work on developing my own clothing brand.

Max Pattendon, Fashion Business and Retail Diploma Level 3

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