Have you always wanted to bring your creative clothing ideas to life? Study for an apprenticeship in fashion and textiles heritage and be part of an industry that reimagines traditional fashion concepts.   

Whether you’re interested in knitting colourful scarves or crafting practical jackets, there’s a job for you in Scotland’s fashion industry. Help produce beautiful dresses as a fashion designer. Learn to create luxury sweaters as a hand sewer. Discover how to be a trend-spotter and work as a textiles sales operator.   

The apprenticeship can help you develop a wide range of creative skills. Develop your knowledge of heritage goods and work with different materials such as leather and tweed. Youll also have the chance to research the latest fashion trends and learn about advanced crafting techniques.  

What's the qualification?

You will gain a qualification in fashion and textiles heritage at SCQF level 5, 6 or 7

For SCQF level 5, you’ll study:

  • Leather production
  • Manufacturing textile products
  • Textile care services

For SCQF Level 6 or SCQF Level 7, you'll study:

  • Leather manufacture 
  • Textiles/Technical extiles
  • Kilt making 

SCQF qualification levels explained

What will I learn?

During your apprenticeship, you'll learn how to:   

  • Perform textile testing operations 
  • Prepare for weaving Harris Tweed on a handloom  
  • Weave Harris tweed using a handloom 
  • Perform manual textile operations 
  • Manufacture woven textiles 
  • Control the efficiency of the weaving process  

You'll develop the following core skills:   

  • Time management   
  • Problem-solving   
  • Teamwork   
  • Communication  

These transferrable skills are useful for working in other roles such as sewing and clothes manufacturing.   

Where could it take me?

This Modern Apprenticeship gives you a range of options. Continue your studies with a higher qualification such as a fashion design degree or find a job in the textiles industry.  

Further education: Carry on your studies with a technical apprenticeship in fashion and textiles heritage. You could also go on to university and study for a bachelor’s degree in textiles production.   

Straight to work: Use your qualifications to find a fashion related job. There are several jobs listed below:

  • Sewer   
  • Fashion designer   
  • Retail assistant  
  • Textiles manufacturer 
  • Garment technologist  
  • Fashion merchandiser   
  • Textiles operative   

Entry requirements

Although there are no formal requirements for this apprenticeship, it is good to have an interest in fashion and textiles.  


The Modern Apprenticeship will take between 12-24 months to complete.   

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