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Framework issue number 1
17th August 2009
Apprenticeship / Foundation Modern
Apprenticeship in Fashion and Textiles
(with endorsed pathways for Textiles; Apparel; Footwear
and Leathergoods; and Saddlery)
                                                                      Framework Issue
                                                                         Number 1
Advanced Apprenticeship/Modern
Apprenticeship in Fashion and Textiles
(with endorsed pathways for Textiles; Apparel; Footwear
and Leathergoods; and Saddlery)




Framework Code                                            3                7           6



Date approved by the AAG                                            27th July 2009



Date funding agreed by the LSC                                    17th August 2009

ELWa will fund through normal contracting procedures



Implementation date England                                       17th August 2009



Implementation date Wales                                         17th August 2009




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Contents
1.  Summary of changes to this framework.................................................................................... 3
2.  Contact details of the industry or sector.................................................................................... 4
  2.1   Responsibility for the framework ....................................................................................... 4
3. Summary of the Mandatory Outcomes for the Fashion and Textiles Apprenticeship
Framework ........................................................................................................................................ 5
  3.1   Apprenticeship/Foundation Modern Apprenticeship and Advanced
  Apprenticeship/Modern Apprenticeship in Fashion and Textiles (Apparel) .................................. 5
  3.2   Apprenticeship/Foundation Modern Apprenticeship and Advanced
  Apprenticeship/Modern Apprenticeship in Fashion and Textiles (Textiles) .................................. 7
  3.3   Apprenticeship/Foundation Modern Apprenticeship and Advanced
  Apprenticeship/Modern Apprenticeship in Fashion and Textiles (Footwear) ................................ 9
  3.4   Apprenticeship/Foundation Modern Apprenticeship and Advanced
  Apprenticeship/Modern Apprenticeship in Fashion and Textiles (Leathergoods) ....................... 11
  3.5   Apprenticeship Framework in Fashion and Textiles (Saddlery) ...................................... 13
4. Overview of the Framework .................................................................................................... 15
  4.1   Rationale for the Framework ........................................................................................... 15
5. Content of Framework ............................................................................................................ 20
  5.1   Competence Based Element .......................................................................................... 20
  5.2   Knowledge Based Element ............................................................................................. 25
  5.3   Key Skills......................................................................................................................... 32
  5.4   Additional Employer Requirements................................................................................. 33
  5.5   Employment Rights and Responsibilities (ERR) ............................................................. 33
6. Implementation of Framework ................................................................................................ 35
  6.1   Employed Status ............................................................................................................. 35
  6.2   Entry Requirements ........................................................................................................ 35
  6.3   Minimum Duration of Training ......................................................................................... 35
  6.4   Health and Safety............................................................................................................ 36
  6.5   Equality and Inclusion ..................................................................................................... 36
  6.6   Transfer Arrangements from Previous Frameworks ....................................................... 37
  6.7   Monitoring Arrangements for the Framework.................................................................. 37
7. Achievement and Progression ................................................................................................ 38
  7.1   Certification ..................................................................................................................... 38
  7.2   Progression ..................................................................................................................... 38
8. Fact Sheets............................................................................................................................. 39
  8.1   Apparel Pathway ............................................................................................................. 39
  8.2   Textiles Pathway ............................................................................................................. 43
  8.3   Footwear Pathway .......................................................................................................... 47
  8.4   Leathergoods Pathway ................................................................................................... 51
  8.5   Saddlery Pathway ........................................................................................................... 55


Table of Figures

Figure 1: Relationship between pathways and fashion and textiles sub-sectors............................ 15
Figure 2: UK employment profile by skill area ................................................................................ 16
Figure 3: Proportion of employers citing shortage of potential recruits by skill area....................... 17
Figure 4: Total starts by apprenticeship framework 2007/08 (England) ......................................... 18
Figure 5: Overview of competence and knowledge-based elements of endorsed pathways ......... 34


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1. Summary of changes to this framework
This framework supersedes the four previous frameworks in the fashion and textiles footprint.
These were:

•   Textiles (Framework 276)
•   Apparel (Framework 210)
•   Footwear and leathergoods (Framework 333)
•   Saddlery (Framework 309).

This document also provides combined coverage of the Apprenticeship/Foundation Modern
Apprenticeship and the Advanced Apprenticeship/Modern Apprenticeship in Fashion and Textiles.

This framework has five endorsed sub-sector pathways covering each of the areas mentioned
above. In response to employer demand, two separate pathways have been developed for
footwear and leathergoods. This will lead to learners, upon completion, receiving certification in
their specific sub-sector. For example, a certificate might read: “The Fashion and Textiles
Apprenticeship Framework (Apparel pathway)”.

This new framework also rectifies the non-compliance of the Textiles Framework with the addition
of a Level 2 Technical Certificate that has a Textiles pathway within it. This is the Certificate in
Apparel, Footwear, Leather or Textile Production (QCF) offered by ABC Awards (qualification
reference number 500/6576/2).

Another new addition is the inclusion of the Bespoke Cutting and Tailoring (NVQ) at Level 3 within
the Apparel pathway which will cover specific needs for Tailoring. This qualification is offered by
ABC Awards (qualification reference number 500/3778/X).

The framework has an implementation date of the 17th August 2009 and will effectively close down
the separate Apprenticeship frameworks listed above.




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2. Contact details of the industry or sector
      Title, level and coverage of           Apprenticeship / Foundation Modern
      apprenticeship                         Apprenticeship in Fashion and Textiles at level 2

                                             -and-

                                             Advanced Apprenticeship/Modern
                                             Apprenticeship in Fashion and Textiles at level 3

                                             Each with endorsed sub-sector pathways.
      Name of Sector Skills Council/Sector   Skillfast-UK
      Body
      Contact name                           John West

      Address                                Richmond House
                                             Lawnswood Business Park
                                             Redvers Close
                                             LEEDS
                                             LS16 6RD

      Telephone number                       0113 2399600

      Fax number                             0113 2399601

      Email address                          john_west@skillfast-uk.org

      Date of Implementation                 17th August 2009


2.1   Responsibility for the framework

Responsibility for the Apprenticeship/Foundation Modern Apprenticeship in Fashion and Textiles
and the Advanced Apprenticeship/Modern Apprenticeship in Fashion and Textiles rests with
Skillfast-UK, the Sector Skills Council for Fashion and Textiles.




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3. Summary of the Mandatory Outcomes for the Fashion and Textiles
   Apprenticeship Framework

3.1    Apprenticeship/Foundation Modern Apprenticeship and Advanced
       Apprenticeship/Modern Apprenticeship in Fashion and Textiles (Apparel)


           Apprenticeship/Foundation Modern Apprenticeship (Apparel)                   Level


                            Competence Based Element


        Certificate in Manufacturing Sewn Products (QCF) (NVQ) (ABC Awards)             2



                             Knowledge based element


Certificate in Apparel, Footwear, Leather or Textile Production (QCF) (ABC Awards)      2
                                 – Apparel pathway



                                     Key Skills

                                Application of Number                                   1
                                  Communication                                         1



                        Additional Employer Requirements
                                                                                       N/A
                                    Not Applicable


                      Employment rights and responsibilities

                    This is included within the Technical Certificate -                 2
      Unit 1: Managing Health & Safety and Employment Rights & Responsibilities.

 When Certificating, the Provider/Employer will be required to submit a copy of the
 Technical Certificate in order to evidence completion of Employment Rights and
                                   responsibilities.




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                  Advanced / Modern Apprenticeship (Apparel)                           Level


                           Competence Based Element

    Certificate in Apparel Manufacturing Technology (NVQ) (QCF) (ABC Awards)            3

                                         OR

            NVQ in Bespoke Cutting and Tailoring (NQF) (ABC Awards)
                                                                                        3



                            Knowledge based element

           Diploma in Apparel/Footwear Production (NQF) (ABC Awards)                    3



                                     Key Skills

                               Application of Number                                    2
                                 Communication                                          2


                        Additional Employer Requirements
                                                                                       N/A
                                   Not applicable


                     Employment rights and responsibilities


              This section is included within the Technical Certificate -               3
    Unit 1: Managing Health & Safety and Employment Rights & Responsibilities.

 When Certificating, the Provider/Employer will be required to submit a copy of the
 Technical Certificate in order to evidence completion of Employment Rights and
                                   Responsibilities.




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3.2    Apprenticeship/Foundation Modern Apprenticeship and Advanced
       Apprenticeship/Modern Apprenticeship in Fashion and Textiles (Textiles)



           Apprenticeship/Foundation Modern Apprenticeship (Textiles)                  Level


                            Competence Based Element


               Award in Manufacturing Textiles (QCF) (City and Guilds)                  2



                             Knowledge based element


Certificate in Apparel, Footwear, Leather or Textile Production (QCF) (ABC Awards)      2
                                  – Textile pathway



                                     Key Skills

                                Application of Number                                   1
                                  Communication                                         1



                        Additional Employer Requirements
                                                                                       N/A
                                    Not Applicable


                      Employment rights and responsibilities

                    This is included within the Technical Certificate -                 2
      Unit 1: Managing Health & Safety and Employment Rights & Responsibilities.

 When Certificating, the Provider/Employer will be required to submit a copy of the
 Technical Certificate in order to evidence completion of Employment Rights and
                                   responsibilities.




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                  Advanced / Modern Apprenticeship (Textiles)                          Level


                           Competence Based Element

               NVQ in Manufacturing Textiles (NQF) (City and Guilds)                    3



                            Knowledge based element

               Certificate in Textile Technology (QCF) (ABC Awards)                     3



                                     Key Skills

                                Application of Number                                   2
                                  Communication                                         2


                        Additional Employer Requirements
                                                                                       N/A
                                    Not applicable


                     Employment rights and responsibilities


             This section is included within the Technical Certificate -                3
            Unit 1: Managing Health & Safety and Employment Rights &
                                  Responsibilities.

        When Certificating, the Provider/Employer will be required to submit a
         copy of the Technical Certificate in order to evidence completion of
                      Employment Rights and Responsibilities.




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3.3   Apprenticeship/Foundation Modern Apprenticeship and Advanced
      Apprenticeship/Modern Apprenticeship in Fashion and Textiles (Footwear)



           Apprenticeship/Foundation Modern Apprenticeship (Footwear)                  Level


                             Competence Based Element

            Certificate in Footwear and Leather (NVQ) (QCF) (ABC Awards)                2

      •     Pathway 1 - Footwear & Leathergoods Production (Mixed) or
      •     Pathway 2 - Footwear Production or
      •     Pathway 3 - Handcraft/Bespoke/Orthopaedic Footwear Production or
      •     Pathway 4 - Footwear repair and associated services



                              Knowledge based element

          Certificate in Apparel, Footwear, Leather or Textile Production (QCF)         2
                            (ABC Awards) – Footwear pathway



                                       Key Skills

                                 Application of Number                                  1
                                   Communication                                        1


                          Additional Employer Requirements
                                                                                       N/A
                                     Not Applicable


                       Employment rights and responsibilities

                    This is included within the Technical Certificate -                 2
              Unit 1: Managing Health & Safety and Employment Rights &
                                     Responsibilities.

          When Certificating, the Provider/Employer will be required to submit a
           copy of the Technical Certificate in order to evidence completion of
                        Employment Rights and responsibilities.




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                   Advanced / Modern Apprenticeship (Footwear)                         Level


                             Competence Based Element

            Certificate in Footwear and Leather (NVQ) (QCF) (ABC Awards)                3

      •     Pathway 1 - Footwear & Leathergoods Production (Mixed) or
      •     Pathway 2 - Footwear Production or
      •     Pathway 3 - Handcraft/Bespoke/Orthopaedic Footwear Production or
      •     Pathway 4 - Footwear repair and associated services


                              Knowledge based element

             Diploma in Apparel/Footwear Production (NQF) (ABC Awards)                  3



                                       Key Skills

                                 Application of Number                                  2
                                   Communication                                        2


                          Additional Employer Requirements
                                                                                       N/A
                                     Not Applicable


                       Employment rights and responsibilities

                    This is included within the Technical Certificate -                 3
              Unit 1: Managing Health & Safety and Employment Rights &
                                     Responsibilities.

          When Certificating, the Provider/Employer will be required to submit a
           copy of the Technical Certificate in order to evidence completion of
                        Employment Rights and responsibilities.




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3.4   Apprenticeship/Foundation Modern Apprenticeship and Advanced
      Apprenticeship/Modern Apprenticeship in Fashion and Textiles (Leathergoods)



      Apprenticeship/Foundation Modern Apprenticeship (Leathergoods)                   Level


                             Competence Based Element

            Certificate in Footwear and Leather (NVQ) (QCF) (ABC Awards)                2

      •     Pathway 1 - Footwear & Leathergoods Production (Mixed) or
      •     Pathway 6 - Leathergoods Production or
      •     Pathway 7 - Leather Production



                              Knowledge based element

          Certificate in Apparel, Footwear, Leather or Textile Production (QCF)         2
                          (ABC Awards) – Leathergoods pathway



                                       Key Skills

                                 Application of Number                                  1
                                   Communication                                        1


                          Additional Employer Requirements
                                                                                       N/A
                                     Not Applicable


                       Employment rights and responsibilities

                    This is included within the Technical Certificate -                 2
              Unit 1: Managing Health & Safety and Employment Rights &
                                     Responsibilities.

          When Certificating, the Provider/Employer will be required to submit a
           copy of the Technical Certificate in order to evidence completion of
                        Employment Rights and responsibilities.




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                 Advanced / Modern Apprenticeship (Leathergoods)                       Level


                             Competence Based Element

            Certificate in Footwear and Leather (NVQ) (QCF) (ABC Awards)                3

      •     Pathway 1 - Footwear & Leathergoods Production (Mixed) or
      •     Pathway 6 - Leathergoods Production or
      •     Pathway 7 - Leather Production


                              Knowledge based element

             Diploma in Apparel/Footwear Production (NQF) (ABC Awards)                  3



                                       Key Skills

                                 Application of Number                                  2
                                   Communication                                        2


                          Additional Employer Requirements
                                                                                       N/A
                                     Not Applicable


                       Employment rights and responsibilities

                    This is included within the Technical Certificate -                 3
              Unit 1: Managing Health & Safety and Employment Rights &
                                     Responsibilities.

          When Certificating, the Provider/Employer will be required to submit a
           copy of the Technical Certificate in order to evidence completion of
                        Employment Rights and responsibilities.




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3.5   Apprenticeship Framework in Fashion and Textiles (Saddlery)


           Apprenticeship/Foundation Modern Apprenticeship (Saddlery)                  Level


                             Competence Based Element

            Certificate in Footwear and Leather (NVQ) (QCF) (ABC Awards)                2

      •     Pathway 5 - Saddlery



                               Knowledge based element

          Intermediate Certificate in Saddlery (NQF) (NPTC / City and Guilds)           2

      •     Saddle making or
      •     Bridle making or
      •     Harness making



                                        Key Skills

                                   Application of Number                                1
                                     Communication                                      1



                          Additional Employer Requirements

                                   Emergency First Aid



                       Employment rights and responsibilities

          This is addressed within the Technical Certificate / Induction process-       2

          When Certificating, the Provider/Employer will be required to submit a
           copy of the Technical Certificate in order to evidence completion of
                        Employment Rights and responsibilities.




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               Advanced / Modern Apprenticeship (Saddlery)                 Level


                         Competence Based Element

       Certificate in Footwear and Leather (NVQ) (QCF) (ABC Awards)         3

•     Pathway 5 - Saddlery


                          Knowledge based element

       Advanced Certificate in Saddlery (NQF) (NPTC / City and Guilds)      3

•     Saddle making or
•     Bridle making or
•     Harness making



                                   Key Skills

                             Application of Number                          2
                               Communication                                2


                     Additional Employer Requirements

                              Emergency First Aid


            Employment rights and responsibilities (Induction)

This is addressed within the Technical Certificate / Induction process -    3

When Certificating, the Provider/Employer will be required to submit a
copy of the Technical Certificate in order to evidence completion of
Employment Rights and responsibilities.




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  4. Overview of the Framework
  4.1    Rationale for the Framework

  The Sector

  The fashion and textiles sector covers the fashion and textiles supply chain, from the
  processing of raw materials to product manufacture, to wholesale and trading
  activities and extending to the after-sales servicing of products. It is estimated that
  the UK sector employs over 340,000 people across around 79,000 enterprises,
  generating total output of approximately £10bn. The sector is dominated by small
  businesses: more than seven out of 10 enterprises are sole traders or partnerships
  with no employees.

  Apprenticeships offer a traditional entry route into key roles throughout the sector,
  particularly skilled manual roles linked to production.

  The following matrix shows the relevance of different pathways to the various
  industry sub-sectors in the supply chain.

  Figure 1: Relationship between pathways and fashion and textiles sub-sectors
                                    Apparel   Textiles   Footwear   Leathergoods   Saddlery
Textile spinning
Textile weaving
Dyeing and finishing
Made-up textiles
Other textiles, incl. narrow
fabrics, nonwovens, technical
materials
Knitting
Apparel manufacturing
Leather processing incl. tanning
Leathergoods manufacturing
incl. saddlery
Footwear manufacturing
Man-made fibre production
Wholesale of leather
Wholesale of textiles
Wholesale of apparel
Wholesale of footwear &
leathergoods
Shoe repair
Fashion design consultancy
Technical roles in fashion retail



  Details of the specific job roles that are covered by each pathway are provided in
  section 5, which deals with the detailed content of the framework.

  To give an indication of the scale of opportunity available through the various
  pathways, the following table quantifies the number of people working in the sector
  who apply particular skill and knowledge sets within their job.




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 Figure 2: UK employment profile by skill area
                                                                       Estimated
                                                                       number of        Estimated
                                                                       businesses       number of
                                                                       employing        people using
                                                                       people who use   skills /
                                                       Related         skills /         knowledge in
Skill and knowledge area                               pathway(s)      knowledge        their job
Sewn products operations (incl. sewing machinist,
cutter, tape sealer, presser)                          Apparel                  9,300           43,000
Tailoring / handcraft garment making                   Apparel                  3,000            7,000
Garment technology                                     Apparel                  1,800            4,000
Pattern cutting and grading                            Apparel                  3,800            8,000
Sampling                                               Apparel                  2,900            8,000
Garment alteration / repair                            Apparel                  6,800           11,000
                                                       Footwear,
                                                       leathergoods,
Leather technology                                     saddlery                   500            2,000
Shoe repair                                            Footwear                 1,700            3,000
Leather product manufacturing operations inc.          Leathergoods,
saddlery                                               saddlery                  300             2,000
Footwear technology                                    Footwear                  400             1,000
Footwear manufacturing operations                      Footwear                  200             1,000
Leather process operations                             Leathergoods              100             1,000
                                                       Textiles,
Textile and fabric technology                          apparel                  2,800           23,000
Textile process operations (incl. spinning, weaving,
knitting, dyeing / finishing                           Textiles                  900            15,000
        Source: Skillfast-UK survey of employers 2008
        Note: individuals may have been allocated to more than one category as part of the
        survey process, reflecting multi-skilling of some roles

 This apprenticeship is important to the future success of the fashion and textiles
 supply chain because of processes of rapid change in the marketplace. In the face
 of low cost competition from overseas, UK businesses are increasingly reliant upon
 the following activities:

      New product development
      Brand creation and development
      The international marketing of branded products
      The application of new technologies in all areas of the business, including design,
      production and communications
      Creative design
      Diversification e.g. entry of traditional textile companies into technical markets
      Quick response capability and service performance
      Low-cost, small scale manufacturing of high added value and difficult to make
      products
      International sourcing of both materials and finished products.

 The changing face of the sector has major implications for the nature and intensity of
 skills needs.

      The average level of skill required is higher than it was even a few years ago, as
      routine operator roles have been transferred offshore, with the focus of UK
      businesses shifting towards higher level craft and technical roles associated with
      design, product development and quality control of the supply chain.

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      The typical sector worker needs a broader range of skills as employers seek to
      extend multi-skilling in order to increase flexibility, improve efficiency and reduce
      costs.
      The mix of skills and knowledge required from a typical worker are evolving
      rapidly as the growing reliance on overseas sourcing rather than domestic
      production results in changes to supply chain relationships with implications for
      job content.
      A greater emphasis is being placed on strong craft skills and knowledge of
      product and materials technology by UK manufacturers seeking to realise
      complex designs and to underpin their distinctive brands with excellent product
      quality.

 The key technical skills and knowledge covered by this framework are in short
 supply. A survey of over 2,000 fashion and textiles businesses carried out by
 Skillfast-UK in 2008 found strong evidence of shortages of potential recruits in the
 occupational areas addressed by the framework.

   Figure 3: Proportion of employers citing shortage of potential recruits by skill
                                       area
                                                                                          % of employers
                                                                                          who say there is a
                                                                                          shortage of skilled
Skill and knowledge area                               Related pathway(s)                 candidates
Sewn products operations (incl. sewing machinist,
cutter, tape sealer, presser)                          Apparel                                            60%
Tailoring / handcraft garment making                   Apparel                                            67%
Garment technology                                     Apparel                                            52%
Pattern cutting and grading                            Apparel                                            63%
Sampling                                               Apparel                                            55%
Garment alteration / repair                            Apparel                                            62%
Leather technology                                     Footwear, leathergoods, saddlery                   78%
Shoe repair                                            Footwear                                           69%
Leather product manufacturing operations inc.
saddlery                                               Leathergoods, saddlery                             67%
Footwear technology                                    Footwear                                           76%
Footwear manufacturing operations                      Footwear                                           74%
Leather process operations                             Leathergoods                                       69%
Textile and fabric technology                          Textiles, apparel                                  54%
Textile process operations (incl. spinning, weaving,
knitting, dyeing / finishing                           Textiles                                           54%
Source: Skillfast-UK survey of sector businesses 2008

 The shortage of skilled workers largely reflects a sector workforce that is
 characterised by a high average age among key workers with core technical skills.
 Our 2008 survey of sector businesses found that 48 per cent of apparel and design
 businesses consider that “recruiting and retaining able young people to replace
 workers who are nearing retirement” is an important / very important priority, making
 it the second most important skills priority for apparel businesses, behind the need
 for improved international trading skills.


 4.2 Training

 The fashion and textiles supply chain relies on a range of craft skills and technical
 and commercial knowledge that in most cases can be best developed through
 intensive practical training in the form of an apprenticeship.
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Take-up of structured training, including apprenticeships, has declined in recent
years, mainly as a result of a contraction in the provision available. The sector is still
adjusting to the stripping away of the in-company schemes run by large businesses
from which smaller firms benefited through a “trickle-down” effect of trained recruits.
Up until the beginning of this decade, the sector was a significant source of
apprentices and qualification candidates. The loss of the critical mass provided by
large employers meant that training provision was no longer viable under existing
models, even though medium-size and smaller employers still needed access to
support. Therefore the supply of skilled personnel coming through the work-based
route to fill technical roles such as has been limited in recent years.

Nonetheless, leading companies throughout the fashion and textiles supply chain
continue to make a significant investment in apprenticeships, often using innovative
workplace training delivery models.

The following table provides an analysis of apprenticeship entrants in England during
the period August 2007 to July 2008. Total take-up, of 227 starts, was 18 per cent
higher than in the previous year.

Figure 4: Total starts by apprenticeship framework 2007/08 (England)
  Framework                     Apprenticeship      Advanced                Total
                                                  Apprenticeship
  Apparel                                     2                   0                    2
  Textiles                                  163                  17                  180
  Footwear & Leather                         40                   1                   41
  Saddlery                                    3                   1                    4
  Total                                     208                  19                  227
Source: Learning and Skills Council

The overall proportion of apprentices who completed their framework in the fashion
and textiles sector during the period August 2007 to April 2008 was 61 per cent,
similar to the average for all frameworks of 60 per cent. Average length of stay for
sector apprenticeships in 2007/08 was similar to the average for all frameworks at 50
weeks, while the sector average for advanced apprenticeships in the sector, at 77
weeks, is somewhat lower than the average for all frameworks at 84 weeks.

There is currently no apprenticeship provision for the sector in Wales and Northern
Ireland but development work is underway to address this. For example, in Wales a
programme of provider development is in progress, supported by the Welsh
Assembly Government under its Step Up Sector initiative.

This apprenticeship is particularly important because alternative education and
training routes do not, on the whole, address the core technical skills needs of
fashion and textiles businesses. There is significant public investment in full-time
further education courses dealing with aspects of fashion and apparel but the vast
majority of provision caters for prospective entrants into higher education. The
technical content of these courses is also variable as is the ability of institutions to
engage effectively with employers. As a result a large majority of businesses
consider that further education courses are not relevant to their needs (Raising
Sector Skill Levels – How Responsive is Local Training Supply? National Institute of
Economic and Social Research. Sector Skills Development Agency, Research
Report 9, April 2005). Of course, there are key examples of good practice at

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institutional level, with some further education colleges active in the delivery of
apprenticeships. In regard to higher education, there has been significant growth,
particularly in the apparel and design industries, in the use of graduates to fill posts
that would previously have been filled by individuals developed through the work-
based route, such as pattern cutters. However, there is concern among businesses
about the technical skills of graduates. For example, only 27 per cent of sector
businesses believe that recent graduates have the right level of technical skills
needed for design jobs, according to Skillfast-UK’s business survey. The technical
skills in question are mainly those covered by this apprenticeship framework.

In view of the significant level of employment in the fashion and textiles supply chain
and the extent of skills needs, we believe there is significant unmet demand for
apprenticeships and we are seeking to tap into this by helping to create new,
sustainable, models of training provision. According to our research (survey of sector
businesses 2008) 40 per cent of businesses in the sector say they would consider
using apprenticeships or formal qualifications for technical training if they were made
available.

Skillfast-UK has seen a measure of success in re-building the vocational training
infrastructure for particular elements of the fashion and textiles sector. Examples
include the handcraft tailoring apprenticeship scheme created on behalf of Savile
Row Bespoke, the leathergoods apprenticeship developed in conjunction with
Mulberry and the SSC’s work in building capacity around the laundry S/NVQ, which
has since been reflected in rapid growth in registrations.

This demonstrates what can be achieved in terms of raising take-up and Skillfast-UK
is committed to replicating this experience in the apparel sector.

Skillfast-UK’s strategy, “Competitive brands in expert hands: a five-year skills
strategy for the UK fashion and textiles sector”, sets out our plans for building training
infrastructure across the UK; this includes a range of actions that will support
increased take-up of apprenticeships. Key interventions include:

          Development of “Skills HQs” – workplace training arrangements that enable
          clusters of employers to address shared skills needs
          Development of national / regional provider networks, focusing on building
          capability to deliver within the sector
          Development of employer-based assessors
          Support to Train to Gain brokers around networking and building capacity
          and capability.

In England these measures are now supported by dedicated resources channelled
through a Sector Compact agreed with the Department for Innovation Universities
and Skills and Learning and Skills Council.

In Wales, we have a dedicated Country Manager who can support companies in
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The following section details the various components of each of the five pathways
contained in the framework. An overview of the competence and knowledge-based
elements of the framework is set out in Figure 5 on page 16.

5.1     Competence Based Element

Apparel


Level 2 - Certificate in Manufacturing Sewn Products (NVQ) (QCF) (500/5962/2)


This qualification can be tailored to address employer skills needs in any of the
following:

•   Cutting
•   Sewing
•   Tape Sealing
•   Hand pressing
•   Dyeing and Printing.


Level 3 – Certificate in Apparel Manufacturing Technology (NVQ) (QCF)
(500/5454/5)


This qualification can be tailored to address employer skills needs in any of the
following:

•        Garment Technologists
•        Pattern and grading technologists
•        Sample machinists
•        Handcraft garment makers.


Level 3 – Bespoke Cutting and Tailoring (NVQ) (NQF) (500/3778/X)


This qualification can be tailored to address employer skills needs in any of the
following:

•     Trainee and apprentice tailors.

The above stated qualifications are mapped to National Occupational Standards
(NOS) for Manufacturing Sewn Products (Approved 2009), Apparel Manufacturing
Technology (Approved 2008) and Bespoke Cutting and Tailoring (Approved 2007)

Please refer to the Apparel Annex A for further details of the competency based
qualification within the framework.


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Textiles


Level 2 – Award in Manufacturing Textiles (NVQ) (QCF) (500/4723/1)


This qualification can be tailored to address employer skills needs in any of the
following:

•   Textiles machinery operatives
•   Packers
•   Quality inspectors
•   Manual operatives
•   Textiles testers


Level 3 – NVQ in Manufacturing Textiles (NQF) (100/3302/6)


This qualification can be tailored to address employer skills needs in any of the
following:

    •   Textile technician
    •   Dyeing technician
    •   Weaver (fabric and carpet)
    •   Tufting technician
    •   Synthetic yarn extrusion technician
    •   Fabric inspector
    •   Printing machine technician
    •   Coating and laminating machine technician.


The above stated qualifications are mapped to National Occupational Standards
(NOS) for Manufacturing Textiles (Reviewed 2006).

Please refer to the Textiles Annex A for further details of the competency based
qualification within the framework.


Footwear


Level 2 – Certificate in Footwear and Leather (NVQ) (QCF) (500/6572/5)

Pathways available for Footwear-

•   Pathway 1 - Footwear & Leathergoods Production (Mixed) or
•   Pathway 2 - Footwear Production or
•   Pathway 3 - Handcraft/Bespoke/Orthopaedic Footwear Production or
•   Pathway 4 - Footwear repair and associated services



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This qualification can be tailored to address employer skills needs in any of the
following:

   •   Clickers, Cutters, Closers / Stitchers
   •   Lasters, Makers and Welters
   •   Finishers
   •   Shoe room roles
   •   Orthopaedic / Bespoke shoe room roles
   •   Quality inspectors
   •   Customer facing roles


Level 3 – Certificate in Footwear and Leather (NVQ) (QCF) (500/6482/4)

Pathways available for Footwear-

   •   Pathway 1 - Footwear & Leathergoods Production (Mixed) or
   •   Pathway 2 - Footwear Production or
   •   Pathway 3 - Handcraft/Bespoke/Orthopaedic Footwear Production or
   •   Pathway 4 - Footwear repair and associated services


This qualification can be tailored to address employer skills needs in any of the
following:

   •   Footwear repairer
   •   Footwear technician
   •   Supervisor
   •   Technician
   •   Orthopaedic / bespoke footwear technician


The above stated qualifications are mapped to National Occupational Standards
(NOS) for Footwear and Leathergoods (Approved 2009).

Please refer to the Footwear Annex A for further details of the competency based
qualification within the framework.


Leathergoods


Level 2 – Certificate in Footwear and Leather (NVQ) (QCF) (500/6572/5)

Pathways available for Leathergoods-

   •   Pathway 1 - Footwear & Leathergoods Production (Mixed) or
   •   Pathway 6 - Leathergoods Production or
   •   Pathway 7 - Leather Production

This qualification can be tailored to address employer skills needs in any of the
following:
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   •   Tanner
   •   Leather processors
   •   Finishers
   •   Quality inspectors
   •   Customer facing roles


Level 3 – Certificate in Footwear and Leather (NVQ) (QCF) (500/6482/4)


Pathways available for Leathergoods-

   •   Pathway 1 - Footwear & Leathergoods Production (Mixed) or
   •   Pathway 6 - Leathergoods Production or
   •   Pathway 7 - Leather Production

This qualification can be tailored to address employer skills needs in any of the
following:

   •   Tannery worker
   •   Footwear technician
   •   Supervisor
   •   Technician
   •   Leathergoods designer



The above stated qualifications are mapped to National Occupational Standards
(NOS) for Footwear and Leathergoods (Approved 2009).

Please refer to the Leathergoods Annex A for further details of the competency
based qualification within the framework.


Saddlery


Level 2 – Certificate in Footwear and Leather (NVQ) (QCF) (500/6572/5)


Pathways available for Saddlery -

   •   Pathway 5 - Saddlery

This qualification can be tailored to address employer skills needs in any of the
following:

   •   Production Operative
   •   Retail/Service Operative
   •   Craftsperson
   •   Society of Master Saddlers (SMS) Registered Trainee Saddler

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Pathways available for Saddlery -

   •   Pathway 5 - Saddlery

This qualification can be tailored to address employer skills needs in any of the
following:

   •   Technician
   •   Production / Quality Controller
   •   Supervisor / Leader
   •   Specialist Craftsperson
   •   SMS Qualified Saddler after 4 years in the trade
   •   SMS Qualified Master Saddler after 7 years in the trade
   •   SMS Qualified Harness Maker after 4 years in the trade
   •   SMS Qualified Master Harness Maker after 7 years in the trade


The above stated qualifications are mapped to National Occupational Standards
(NOS) for Footwear and Leathergoods (Approved 2009).

Please refer to the Saddlery Annex A for further details of the competency based
qualification within the framework.




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5.2     Knowledge Based Element

Through the technical review and migration of the existing Level 2 Technical
Certificate for Apparel, Footwear and Leathergoods this has enabled Skillfast-UK to
add another sub-sector route within the offer. This route is for the Textiles sector and
this also addresses the non-compliance issue of the previous Level 2 Textiles
Apprenticeship Framework where there was no Technical Certificate.

The Level 2 – Certificate in Apparel, Footwear, Leather or Textiles Production (QCF)
has 4 endorsed pathways for each of the sub-sectors as highlighted below. There are
4 units that can be delivered in the specific sub-sector and a further 2/3 units that are
unique to that sub-sector offer.


Apparel


Level 2 – Certificate in Apparel, Footwear, Leather or Textiles Production (QCF)
(500/6576/2)

Pathway available for Apparel -

•     Unit 1 - Introduction and History of the Apparel, Footwear, Leather or Textiles
      Industry
•     Unit 2 - Understanding Health and safety and associated Employer Rights and
      Responsibilities within the Apparel, Footwear, Leather or Textile Industry
•     Unit 3 – Developing working relationships within the Apparel, Footwear, Leather
      or Textile Industry
•     Unit 4 - Maintain quality standards in Apparel, Footwear, Leather or Textile
      production
•     Unit 5 - Apparel Manufacturing Techniques - The Production Process
•     Unit 6 - Apparel Manufacturing Techniques - Sewing and Making-Up Operations
•     Unit 7 - Materials Used in Manufacture of Apparel (4 credits).


Level 3 - Diploma in Apparel /Footwear Production (NQF) (100/5676/2)


The Level 3 Diploma in Apparel / Footwear Production is made up of six units at level
3. The award includes 3 mandatory units and 3 optional units chosen from a list of
13 units.


Mandatory units:
• Unit 1 - Managing Health and Safety and Employment Rights and
  Responsibilities within the Apparel / Footwear Industry
• Unit 2 - Managing Quality Standards: Apparel / Footwear Production
• Unit 3 - Managing Own Working Relationships: Apparel / Footwear Production.


Optional units:
• Unit 4 - Manufacturing Techniques: Apparel Production
• Unit 5 - Manufacturing Techniques: Footwear Production
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•   Unit 6 - Production Management within the Apparel / Footwear Industry
•   Unit 7 - Materials used in the manufacture of Apparel
•   Unit 8 - Materials used in the manufacture of Footwear
•   Unit 9 - Aspects of Design within the Apparel / Footwear Industry
•   Unit 10 - Professional Practice / Preparation for Employment within the Apparel /
    Footwear Industry
•   Unit 11 - Managing Customer Relations within the Apparel / Footwear Industry
•   Unit 12 - Buying (Import/Export) within the Apparel / Footwear Industry
•   Unit 13 - Supervisory Management – team leadership within the Apparel /
    Footwear Industry
•   Unit 14 - Manage Information for Action within the Apparel / Footwear Industry
•   Unit 15 - Garment Production – Tailored Garments
•   Unit 16 - Garment Cutting – Tailored Garments.

Please refer to the Apparel Annex A for further details of the knowledge based
qualification within the framework



Textiles


Level 2 – Certificate in Apparel, Footwear, Leather or Textiles Production (QCF)
(500/6576/2)

Pathway available for Textiles -

•   Unit 1 - Introduction and History of the Apparel, Footwear, Leather or Textiles
    Industry
•   Unit 2 - Understanding Health and safety and associated Employer Rights and
    Responsibilities within the Apparel, Footwear, Leather or Textile Industry
•   Unit 3 – Developing working relationships within the Apparel, Footwear, Leather
    or Textile Industry
•   Unit 4 - Maintain quality standards in Apparel, Footwear, Leather or Textile
    production
•   T1 - Materials and processes used in the Manufacture of Textile Products
•   T2 - Textile manufacturing techniques

NOTE - T1 and T2 written generically to cover the many sub-sectors of the Textile
Industry and to be delivered in the chosen context.


Level 3 - Certificate in Textile Technology (QCF) (500/5614/1)


Rules of Combination Learners must achieve a minimum of 25 credits. This must
include 19 credits from the mandatory units and a minimum of 6 credits from one of
the optional units. Learners must achieve a minimum of 22 credits at level 3 or
above.




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Mandatory Units:

•   Health, Safety and Security at work
•   General Textile Technology
•   Managing Quality Standards

Optional Units:

•   Fibre and Yarn Processing
•   Weft Knitting
•   Warp Knitting and Lace
•   Weaving
•   Narrow fabric manufacture
•   Carpet manufacturing processes
•   Non woven fabric manufacture
•   Textiles dyeing and printing
•   Textile finishing
•   Knitted fabric design
•   Woven fabric design
•   Knitwear and Hosiery Design and Make-up
•   Textile testing
•   Leading teams within Textile Technologies
•   Planning for Textile Production
•   Smart Business Coaching within Textile Technologies


Please refer to the Textiles Annex A for further details of the knowledge based
qualification within the framework


Footwear


Level 2 – Certificate in Apparel, Footwear, Leather or Textiles Production (QCF)
(500/6576/2)

Pathway available for Footwear -

•   Unit 1 - Introduction and History of the Apparel, Footwear, Leather or Textiles
    Industry
•   Unit 2 - Understanding Health and safety and associated Employer Rights and
    Responsibilities within the Apparel, Footwear, Leather or Textile Industry
•   Unit 3 – Developing working relationships within the Apparel, Footwear, Leather
    or Textile Industry
•   Unit 4 - Maintain quality standards in Apparel, Footwear, Leather or Textile
    production
•   Unit 8 - Manufacturing Footwear Techniques - Production of Uppers
•   Unit 9 - Manufacturing Footwear Techniques - Lasting and Making Processes
•   Unit 10 - Materials used in the Manufacture of Footwear



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Level 3 - Diploma in Apparel /Footwear Production (NQF) (100/5676/2)

The Level 3 Diploma in Apparel / Footwear Production is made up of six units at level
3. The composition includes 3 mandatory units and 3 option units chosen from a list
of 13 units.

Mandatory units:

•   Unit 1 - Managing Health and Safety and Employment Rights and
    Responsibilities within the Apparel / Footwear Industry
•   Unit 2 - Managing Quality Standards: Apparel / Footwear Production
•   Unit 3 - Managing Own Working Relationships: Apparel / Footwear Production

Optional units:
• Unit 4 - Manufacturing Techniques: Apparel Production
• Unit 5 - Manufacturing Techniques: Footwear Production
• Unit 6 - Production Management within the Apparel / Footwear Industry
• Unit 7 - Materials used in the manufacture of Apparel
• Unit 8 - Materials used in the manufacture of Footwear
• Unit 9 - Aspects of Design within the Apparel / Footwear Industry
• Unit 10 - Professional Practice / Preparation for Employment within the Apparel /
   Footwear Industry
• Unit 11 - Managing Customer Relations within the Apparel / Footwear Industry
• Unit 12 - Buying (Import/Export) within the Apparel / Footwear Industry
• Unit 13 - Supervisory Management – team leadership within the Apparel /
   Footwear Industry
• Unit 14 - Manage Information for Action within the Apparel / Footwear Industry
• Unit 15 - Garment Production – Tailored Garments
• Unit 16 - Garment Cutting – Tailored Garments

Please refer to the Footwear Annex A for further details of the knowledge based
qualification within the framework


Leathergoods


Level 2 – Certificate in Apparel, Footwear, Leather or Textiles Production (QCF)
(500/6576/2)

Pathway available for Leathergoods -

•   Unit 1 - Introduction and History of the Apparel, Footwear, Leather or Textiles
    Industry
•   Unit 2 - Understanding Health and safety and associated Employer Rights and
    Responsibilities within the Apparel, Footwear, Leather or Textile Industry
•   Unit 3 – Developing working relationships within the Apparel, Footwear, Leather
    or Textile Industry
•   Unit 4 - Maintain quality standards in Apparel, Footwear, Leather or Textile
    production
•   Unit 11 - Leathers used in the Manufacture of Leather Goods
•   Unit 12 - Non-leather materials used in the Manufacture of Leather Goods
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•   Unit 13 - Leather Goods Manufacturing Techniques - Cutting, Sewing and
    Finishing Operations


Level 3 - Diploma in Apparel /Footwear Production (NQF) (100/5676/2)

The Level 3 Diploma in Apparel / Footwear Production is made up of six units at level
3. The composition includes 3 mandatory units and 3 option units chosen from a list
of 13 units.


Mandatory units:
• Unit 1 - Managing Health and Safety and Employment Rights and
  Responsibilities within the Apparel / Footwear Industry
• Unit 2 - Managing Quality Standards: Apparel / Footwear Production
• Unit 3 - Managing Own Working Relationships: Apparel / Footwear Production


Optional units:
• Unit 4 - Manufacturing Techniques: Apparel Production
• Unit 5 - Manufacturing Techniques: Footwear Production
• Unit 6 - Production Management within the Apparel / Footwear Industry
• Unit 7 - Materials used in the manufacture of Apparel
• Unit 8 - Materials used in the manufacture of Footwear
• Unit 9 - Aspects of Design within the Apparel / Footwear Industry
• Unit 10 - Professional Practice / Preparation for Employment within the Apparel /
   Footwear Industry
• Unit 11 - Managing Customer Relations within the Apparel / Footwear Industry
• Unit 12 - Buying (Import/Export) within the Apparel / Footwear Industry
• Unit 13 - Supervisory Management – team leadership within the Apparel /
   Footwear Industry
• Unit 14 - Manage Information for Action within the Apparel / Footwear Industry
• Unit 15 - Garment Production – Tailored Garments
• Unit 16 - Garment Cutting – Tailored Garments

Please refer to the Leathergoods Annex A for further details of the knowledge based
qualification within the framework


Saddlery


Level 2 - Intermediate Certificate in Saddlery (NQF) (100/3518/7)


Pathways available for Saddlery (4744) –

•   Saddle making or
•   Bridle making or
•   Harness making



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Saddle making;
4744-02-206 - Pony saddle
4744-02-207 - Build and block seat


Bridle making;
4744-02-201 - Snaffle bridle
4744-02-202 - Stable head collar
4744-02-203 - Running martingale


Harness making;
4744-02-204 - Harness breeching
4744-02-205 - Crupper body and dock



Level 3 – Advanced Certificate in Saddlery (NQF) (100/3519/9)


Pathways available for Saddlery (4744) –

•   Saddle making or
•   Bridle making or
•   Harness making


Content of pathways;


Saddle making;
4144-03-306 - Pre-made saddle
4144-03-307/8 - 17” general purpose saddle


Bridle making;
4744-03-301 - Show double bridle
4744-03-302 - Hand stallion show bridle
4744-03-303 - Atherstone girth


Harness making;
4744-03-304 - Private driving show set
4744-03-305 - Building and fitting seat and skirts to a gig tree



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   •     Level 3 Bridle and Saddle both attract GLH of 340, the skills involved in these
         two disciplines are quite different.
   •     However, to achieve Level 3 Harness making, you would require the Harness
         making skills but in addition it would be necessary to learn some of the Bridle
         and Saddle making skills as well. In addition to this the requirement of the
         harness qualification is to manufacture a Presentation Set of Show Harness
         this is quite an undertaking and would take much longer than the set pieces
         for the other Level 3 qualifications.


Please refer to the Saddlery Annex A for further details of the knowledge based
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5.3     Key Skills

Key Skills are essential skills that candidates need in order to function effectively as
members of a flexible, adaptable and competitive workforce. The Key Skills levels
identified below state the minimum levels required within each apprenticeship.
Candidates should be encouraged and given the opportunity to achieve higher level
key skills if appropriate to their needs and abilities.

For the Apprenticeship/Foundation Modern Apprenticeship in Fashion and Textiles
the following key skills at the appropriate levels must be achieved:

•     Application of Number Level 1
•     Communication Level 1.

For the Advanced Apprenticeship/Modern Apprenticeship in Fashion and Textiles
the following key skills at the appropriate levels must be achieved:

•     Application of Number Level 2
•     Communication Level 2.

Key Skills proxies and relaxations can be applied in line with QCA recommendations,
which are detailed at http://www.qcda.gov.uk/6562.aspx

Relaxation for key skills

Advanced Apprenticeship/Modern Apprenticeship candidates who have achieved a
good (A*-C) GCSE in English or Maths will have the relaxation rule applied (within a
maximum of 5 years from certification of the GCSE) for Level 2 Key Skill
qualifications in Communication or Application of Number.

Proxy for key skills

As an alternative to GCSE English, a GCSE in Welsh may be used as a proxy
qualification for the Key Skill of Communication. If a Welsh GCSE proxy is being
claimed, then the portfolio must either be entirely in Welsh, or dual language - Welsh
and English with no particular minimum percentage. A portfolio entirely through the
medium of English would not be acceptable. It should be noted that whilst Key Skills
remain a part of the frameworks in Wales there is no external testing and they are
assessed by portfolio only.

Where GCSE A*-C English, Welsh or Maths are being claimed as a proxy
qualification, a maximum period of three years will be allowed between the award
(i.e. date of certification) of the GCSE and the registration (start) date of the
Apprenticeship/FMA or Advanced Apprenticeship/MA programme.

Therefore, when issuing Advanced Apprenticeship/Modern Apprenticeship
completion certificates, Skillfast-UK requires one of the following pieces of evidence
to prove Key Skills achievement:

•     Key Skills certificate issued by awarding body
•     GCSE certificate at grade A*-C listing relevant qualification (e.g. GCSE in
      Mathematics as proxy for Application of Number Key Skill Level 2), subject to the
      five year relaxation rule detailed above.
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Saddlery

Emergency First Aid

Apprentices in Saddlery are required to achieve Emergency First Aid (one day
course, e.g. British Red Cross or St John Ambulance). Under exceptional
circumstances, if the apprentice is not suited to First Aid training, other training may
be undertaken instead, for example, Health and Safety Awareness or Risk
Assessment, but this must be agreed with Skillfast-UK at the start of the programme.



5.5   Employment Rights and Responsibilities (ERR)

ERR must be included in the induction process and other relevant times in the
programme. ERR must be completed by the end of the apprenticeship period.

ERR is included in the Technical Certificate and the Provider/Employer will be
required to submit a copy of the achieved Technical Certificate in order to evidence
completion of this section.

Knowledge gained during induction can be used as evidence for the ‘Employment
Responsibilities and Rights’ requirements of this framework.

The work will cover the implications of current legislation including The Health and
Safety at Work Act etc. 1974, COSHH Regulations.




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  Figure 5: Overview of competence and knowledge-based elements of endorsed pathways


                                                                                                                      Pathway
                                                                                                                                Leather
Qualification                                                                                Textiles     Apparel    Footwear   goods     Saddlery
Apprenticeship / Foundation Modern Apprenticeship in Fashion and Textiles
Competence-based element
  Award in Manufacturing Textiles (QCF)                                        500/4723/1
  Certificate in Manufacturing Sewn Products (QCF)                             500/5962/2
  Certificate in Footwear and Leather (NVQ) (QCF)                              500/6572/5

Knowledge-based element
  Certificate in Apparel, Footwear, Leather or Textile Production (QCF)        500/6576/2
  Intermediate Certificate in Saddlery                                         100/3518/7

Advanced Apprenticeship / Modern Apprenticeship in Fashion and Textiles
Competence-based element
  NVQ in Manufacturing Textiles                                                100/3302/6
  Certificate in Apparel Manufacturing Technology (NVQ) (QCF) (ABC Awards)     500/5454/5
  NVQ in Bespoke Cutting and Tailoring (NQF)                                   500/3778/X
  Certificate in Footwear and Leather (NVQ) (QCF)                              500/6482/4

Knowledge-based element
  Certificate in Textile Technology (QCF)                                      500/5614/1
  Diploma in Apparel/Footwear Production (NQF)                                 100/5676/2
  Advanced Certificate in Saddlery                                             100/3519/9




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6. Implementation of Framework

6.1     Employed Status

It is strongly recommended that the apprentice, whether participating in an Apprenticeship /
Foundation Modern Apprenticeship or Advanced Apprenticeship/Modern Apprenticeship, has
employed status; but it is recognised that there will be situations where this is not possible.
Therefore, apprentices can be:

•     Directly employed by an employer and on their payroll
•     Based with an employer but not directly employed and paid an allowance by the employer
•     Based with a provider and placed with an employer who will provide work based learning
      opportunities while qualifying for an Education Maintenance Allowance.

Irrespective of the status of the apprentice, when embarking on an apprenticeship programme
there has to be a designated employer who agrees to provide the high quality work-based training
element. Therefore, it is essential that both the apprentice and employer be briefed on their
respective responsibilities.

It should be noted that in Wales all Modern Apprentices must be directly employed.

6.2     Entry Requirements

Candidates wishing to take up this framework will have demonstrated to the centre:

•     evidence of prior experience relevant to their proposed field of study; OR
•     the ability to study at Level 2 or Level 3, as appropriate; OR
•     agreed support from an employer or mentor with a demonstration of the candidates
      commitment to learn (by evidencing progression to date or providing an agreed training plan).


6.3     Minimum Duration of Training

The apprentice will be expected to complete their training in a reasonable and practical timescale,
consistent with the demands of the programme and Framework. There is no requirement to serve
time to achieve the Apprenticeship, but the training outcomes should be achieved within the
shortest realistic timescale.

As each Training Plan is individually designed to meet specific requirements, the time taken will
vary and will also depend on the individual’s progress and ability. The average time anticipated to
complete an Apprenticeship/Foundation Modern Apprenticeship is a minimum of 12 months; while
the average time anticipated to complete an Advanced / Modern Apprenticeship is a minimum of
24 months.. These timescales are meant as an indication only and will depend on individuals’
particular circumstances, such as significant prior learning or experience.

When the apprentice can demonstrate a full range of knowledge of required skills, personal
competences and understanding of the essential underpinning knowledge and has achieved the
appropriate qualifications, he/she will be deemed to have successfully completed the
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6.4     Health and Safety

Health and safety is particularly relevant in an industry that frequently uses heavy or fast moving
machinery. Health and safety implications are covered by the mandatory units within the Technical
Certificate, and meet the national minimum requirements.

Specific legislation that applies includes:

•     COSHH (2002)
•     Manual Handling (1992)
•     Management of Health and Safety at Work (1999)
•     Provision and Use of Work Equipment (1998)
•     Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment (1998)

Health and safety is the responsibility of all parties involved in the recruitment, employment,
training and assessment of Apprenticeships. Employers, training providers, Learning and Skills
Councils/Education & Learning Wales and the candidates themselves all have legal obligations. In
addition, Local LSCs and ELWa Regional Offices have certain health and safety contractual
obligations that are set out in their Licensing and Operating agreements.

Rules for health and safety must be embodied in the everyday working practices of all employing
companies and learning providers, at whatever location the Apprentice is required to work.
Knowledge and understanding of health and safety regulations must be included in all aspects of
an Advanced / Modern Apprenticeship training programme.


6.5     Equality and Inclusion

Workers from black and ethnic minority groups account for 15 per cent of total employment in the
Skillfast-UK sector, which equates to up to 50,000 people. The sector also employs a large
number of migrants and members of refugee groups who have the skills and knowledge that
employers require.

We would expect learning providers and key stakeholders to ensure that relevant support is
provided, for example, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL).

Whilst equal opportunities has been identified here under a separate heading, the principles relate
to all those systems and procedures which have the potential to discriminate against apprentices at
any point during the programme – from recruitment and selection and induction, through to
successful completion.

There should be open recruitment to the programme, which is available to all young people,
regardless of gender, ethnic origin, religion/belief, sexual orientation or disability, who meet the
stated selection criteria. All partners involved in the delivery of the framework – funding agencies,
providers, assessment centres and employers - must be committed to a policy of equal
opportunities and must have a stated equal opportunities policy and procedure.

Employers/providers must be able to demonstrate that there are no overt or covert discriminatory
practices in selection and employment. All promotional, selection and training activities must
comply with relevant legislation, such as:

• The Sex Discrimination Act, 1975 and Code of Practice
• The Race Relations Act, 1976 and Code of Practice
• The Disability Discrimination Act, 1995 and Code of Practice.
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Skillfast-UK monitors take up and diversity of Apprenticeships using management information
provided by funding agencies in the relevant nation.

6.6   Transfer Arrangements from Previous Frameworks

This framework supersedes all previous fashion and textiles frameworks. However, apprentices
registered under the previous frameworks set out in section 1 will be allowed to complete their
programme of training. From 16th August 2009 no further registrations will be accepted on the old
frameworks; new Apprentices will be offered this framework from 17th August 2009 onwards.


6.7   Monitoring Arrangements for the Framework

Skillfast-UK will monitor take-up and achievement of this framework by accessing:

• Take up and achievement data provided by funding bodies and awarding bodies
• Inspection report on learning providers, including those provided by OFSTED and ESTYN.

Take up and achievement figures are shared and reviewed with various groups, including Skillfast-
UK’s Qualification Curriculum and Funding Forum (QCFF), Awarding Organisation Forum (AOF),
and will be rolled out to the Common Threads network and Lead Provider Network.




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7. Achievement and Progression

7.1   Certification

The successful apprentice will receive an Apprenticeship Completion Certificate from Skillfast-UK.
From November 2009 responsibility for issuing certificates in England will transfer to the National
Apprenticeship Service (NAS).

All requests for certificates will be subject to quality assurance checks in accordance with the
operating principles for the processing and issuing of certificates as set out by UKCES. A
certificate request form can be downloaded from the Sector Skills Council’s website at
www.skillfast-uk.org.

The completion certificate is separate from, and in addition to, those certificates awarded for the
achievement of the individual components of the framework, including the NVQ, Key Skills and
Technical Certificate.

7.2   Progression

Progression from the Level 2 Apprenticeships/Foundation Modern Apprenticeship should be
articulated to relevant Level 3 programmes of learning, including NVQs, VRQs and appropriate
Advanced Apprenticeship/Modern Apprenticeship.

Progression from Level 3 programme for Advanced / Modern Apprenticeships should be articulated to
relevant Level 4 programmes of learning. Apprentices can progress to higher or professional levels
such as Foundation Degrees, Higher National Diplomas / Certificates and BA Honours Degrees.
Opportunities are also available through the Continuous Professional Development route.

Specific examples of progression opportunities in higher education include the BSc (Hons) in Leather
Technology (relevant to leathergoods pathway), BA (Hons) Clothing Design Technology (relevant to the
apparel pathway), Bsc(Hons) Textile Technology (relevant to textiles) and BA (Hons) Cordwainers
Footwear (relevant to footwear).

Programmes of continuous professional development are available from the sector’s professional
bodies, including the Textile Institute (textiles), Society of Dyers and Colourists (textiles) and Society of
Leather Technologists and Chemists (leather).

Skillfast-UK works with provider organisations to ensure that programmes such as Foundation
Degrees and their equivalent are relevant to the needs of sector employers. The feasibility of a
national Foundation Degree for fashion and textiles is currently being reviewed, to ensure a
consistent standard of provision across institutions. The Sector Skills Council also supports
progression within the sector by ensuring that appropriate information advice and guidance is
available.

There is demand from some sector employers for progression of their staff from apprenticeships into
higher programmes of learning. Applied technical knowledge at this level is critical to the development
of new products and processes.




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8.1   Apparel Pathway



Apprenticeship/Foundation Modern Apprenticeship in Apparel – Level 2




What’s involved?
An apprentice can expect to be doing work based learning with an employer and to be paid, either
a wage if they are employed, or an allowance. In Wales all Modern Apprentices must be
employed.
The apprenticeship will include a National Vocational Qualification, Key Skills and a technical
certificate as listed below.




Competence Based Element          Technical Certificate              Key Skills

Level 2:                          Level 2:                           Level 1: Application of number
Certificate in Manufacturing      Certificate in Apparel,            Level 1: Communication
Sewn Products (NVQ) (QCF)         Footwear, Leather or Textile
                                  Production - Apparel pathway
                                  (QCF)



The decision on which competence based and knowledge elements will be studied will be made by
the employer and/or training provider in discussion with the apprentice.


Entry requirements:

Candidates wishing to complete the Apprenticeship/Foundation Modern Apprenticeship in Apparel
will have demonstrated, to the centre:
• evidence of prior experience relevant to their proposed field of study; OR
• the ability to study at Level 2; OR
• have the agreed support from an employer or mentor with a demonstration of the candidates
     commitment to learn (by evidencing progression to date or providing an agreed training plan)




Minimum Periods of Training:

The average time anticipated to complete is a minimum of 12 months. This timescale is meant as
an indication only and will depend on individuals particular circumstances, such as significant prior
learning or experience.


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What type of job might an apprentice be doing?

•   Garment cutter
•   Sewing machinist
•   Tape sealing operative
•   Hand presser
•   Dyeing and printing operative.


How long does the apprenticeship take to complete?

The Apprenticeship should take a minimum of 12 months to complete.


Career progression after completing this apprenticeship

The apprentice will be able to progress to full employment or to more skilled activity within the
industry, and can also progress to other relevant Level 3 qualifications including NVQs, VRQs and
the Advanced /Modern Apprenticeship in Apparel.


Framework developed by:

Skillfast-UK
Richmond House                              Tel:   0113 2399 600
Lawnswood Business Park                     Fax:   0113 2399 601
Redvers Close                               Web: www.skillfast-uk.org
Leeds, LS16 6RD                             Email: enquiries@skillfast-uk.org




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What’s involved?
An apprentice can expect to be doing work based learning with an employer and to be paid, either
a wage if they are employed, or an allowance. In Wales all Modern Apprentices must be
employed.
The apprenticeship will include a National Vocational Qualification, Key Skills and a technical
certificate as listed below.




Competence Based Element          Knowledge Based Element            Key Skills

Level 3: Certificate in Apparel   Level 3: Diploma in Apparel /      Level 2:Application of
Manufacturing Technology          Footwear Production                number
(NVQ) (QCF)                                                          Level 2:Communication

OR

Level 3:NVQ in Bespoke
Cutting and Tailoring


The decision on which competence based and knowledge elements will be studied will be made
by the employer and/or training provider in discussion with the apprentice.

Entry requirements:

Candidates wishing to complete the Advanced / Modern Apprenticeship in Apparel framework will
have demonstrated, to the centre:
   • evidence of prior experience relevant to their proposed field of study; OR
   • the ability to study at Level 3; OR
   • have the agreed support from an employer or mentor with a demonstration of the
      candidates commitment to learn (by evidencing progression to date or providing an agreed
      training plan)

Minimum Periods of Training:
The average time anticipated to complete is a minimum of 24 months. This timescale is meant as
an indication only and will depend on individuals particular circumstances, such as significant prior
learning or experience.

What type of job might an apprentice be doing?

Some examples are:


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•   Garment Technologist
•   Pattern and Grading Technologist
•   Handcraft Garment maker
•   Sample Technician
•   Garment alteration hand
•   Trainee and apprentice tailors.



How long does the apprenticeship take to complete?
The average time anticipated to complete an Advanced / Modern Apprenticeship is approximately
24 months



Career progression after completing this apprenticeship

•   The Apprentice will be able to progress to employment, self-employment, or to more skilled
    activity within the industry.
•   Progression from Level 3 programme for Advanced / Modern Apprenticeships should be
    articulated to relevant Level 4 programmes of learning. Apprentices can progress to higher or
    professional levels such as Foundation Degrees, Higher National Diplomas / Certificates, BA
    Honours Degrees and related professional courses. Examples of higher education
    opportunities include the BA (Hons) Clothing Design Technology.


Framework developed by:
Skillfast-UK
Richmond House                              Tel:   0113 2399 600
Lawnswood Business Park                     Fax:   0113 2399 601
Redvers Close                               Web: www.skillfast-uk.org
Leeds, LS16 6RD                             Email: enquiries@skillfast-uk.org




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Apprenticeship/Foundation Modern Apprenticeship in Textiles – Level 2




What’s involved?
An apprentice can expect to be doing work based learning with an employer and to be paid, either
a wage if they are employed, or an allowance. In Wales all Modern Apprentices must be
employed.
The apprenticeship will include a National Vocational Qualification, Key Skills and a technical
certificate as listed below.




Competence Based Element          Technical Certificate              Key Skills

Level 2:Award in                  Level 2:                           Level 1:Application of Number
Manufacturing Textiles (QCF)      Certificate in Apparel,            Level 1: Communication
                                  Footwear, Leather or Textile
                                  Production (QCF) – Textile
                                  Pathway


The decision on which competence based and knowledge elements will be studied will be made by
the employer and/or training provider in discussion with the apprentice.


Entry requirements:

Candidates wishing to complete the Apprenticeship/Foundation Modern Apprenticeship in Textiles
will have demonstrated, to the centre:
• evidence of prior experience relevant to their proposed field of study; OR
• the ability to study at Level 2; OR
• have the agreed support from an employer or mentor with a demonstration of the candidates
     commitment to learn (by evidencing progression to date or providing an agreed training plan)




Minimum Periods of Training:

The average time anticipated to complete is a minimum of 12 months. This timescale is meant as
an indication only and will depend on individuals particular circumstances, such as significant prior
learning or experience.




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What type of job might an apprentice be doing?

•   Yarn preparation operative – involved in a number of yarn preparation tasks such as bale
    opening, blending, carding, creeling. They may also be involved in the spinning and winding-up
    of natural and/or synthetic yarns.
•   Fabric production operative – involved in producing fabrics using a variety of methods including
    knitting, weaving and non-woven production methods. Other associated activities include
    preparing the warp, preparing the non-woven lay and inspecting the finished fabric.
•   Dyeing & finishing operative – involved in activities such as mixing or matching colours, making
    up dyestuffs or print pastes and assisting in operating the dyeing or printing equipment. They
    may also aid the operation coating and laminating equipment or other finishing machinery.



How long does the apprenticeship take to complete?

The Apprenticeship should take a minimum of 12 months to complete.


Career progression after completing this apprenticeship

The apprentice will be able to progress to full employment or to more skilled activity within the
industry, and can also progress to other relevant Level 3 qualifications including NVQs, VRQs and
the Advanced / Modern Apprenticeship in Textiles.


Framework developed by:

Skillfast-UK
Richmond House                              Tel:   0113 2399 600
Lawnswood Business Park                     Fax:   0113 2399 601
Redvers Close                               Web: www.skillfast-uk.org
Leeds, LS16 6RD                             Email: enquiries@skillfast-uk.org




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What’s involved?
An apprentice can expect to be doing work based learning with an employer and to be paid, either
a wage if they are employed, or an allowance. In Wales all Modern Apprentices must be
employed.
The apprenticeship will include a National Vocational Qualification, Key Skills and a technical
certificate as listed below.




Competence Based Element          Knowledge Based Element            Key Skills

Level 3:Manufacturing Textiles    Level 3:Certificate in Textile     Level 2:Application of
(NVQ)                             Technology (QCF)                   number
                                                                     Level 2:Communication




The decision on which competence based and knowledge elements will be studied will be made
by the employer and/or training provider in discussion with the apprentice.

Entry requirements:

Candidates wishing to complete the Advanced / Modern Apprenticeship in Textiles will have
demonstrated, to the centre:
   • evidence of prior experience relevant to their proposed field of study; OR
   • the ability to study at Level 3; OR
   • have the agreed support from an employer or mentor with a demonstration of the
      candidates commitment to learn (by evidencing progression to date or providing an agreed
      training plan)




Minimum Periods of Training:
The average time anticipated to complete is a minimum of 24 months. This timescale is meant as
an indication only and will depend on individuals particular circumstances, such as significant prior
learning or experience.



What type of job might an apprentice be doing?
Some examples are:

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    •   Dyeing technician
    •   Weaver (fabric and carpet)
    •   Tufting technician
    •   Synthetic yarn extrusion technician
    •   Fabric inspector
    •   Printing machine technician
    •   Coating and laminating machine technician.



How long does the apprenticeship take to complete?

The average time anticipated to complete an Advanced / Modern Apprenticeship is approximately
24 months



Career progression after completing this apprenticeship

•   The Apprentice will be able to progress to employment, self-employment, or to more skilled
    activity within the industry.
•   Progression from Level 3 programme for Advanced / Modern Apprenticeships should be
    articulated to relevant Level 4 programmes of learning. Apprentices can progress to higher or
    professional levels such as Foundation Degrees, Higher National Diplomas / Certificates, BA
    Honours Degrees and related professional courses. Examples of higher education
    opportunities include a Bsc (Hons) Textile Technology.


Framework developed by:
Skillfast-UK
Richmond House                              Tel:   0113 2399 600
Lawnswood Business Park                     Fax:   0113 2399 601
Redvers Close                               Web: www.skillfast-uk.org
Leeds, LS16 6RD                             Email: enquiries@skillfast-uk.org




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Apprenticeship / Foundation Modern Apprenticeship in Footwear – Level 2



What’s involved?
An apprentice can expect to be doing work based learning with an employer and to be paid, either
a wage if they are employed, or an allowance. In Wales all Modern Apprentices must be
employed.
The apprenticeship will include a National Vocational Qualification, Key Skills and a technical
certificate as listed below.



Competence Based Element              Knowledge Based Element           Key Skills

Level 2: Certificate in Footwear
and Leather (QCF)

•     Pathway 1 - Footwear &
      Leathergoods Production         Level 2:Certificate in Apparel,
      (Mixed) or                      Footwear, Leather or Textile      Level 1:Application of Number
•     Pathway 2 - Footwear            Production (QCF) – Footwear       Level 1: Communication
      Production or
                                      Pathway
•     Pathway 3 -
      Handcraft/Bespoke/Orthopaed
      ic Footwear Production or
•     Pathway 4 - Footwear repair
      and associated services
The decision on which competence based and knowledge elements will be studied will be made
by the employer and/or training provider in discussion with the apprentice.

Entry requirements:
Candidates wishing to complete the Apprenticeship / Foundation Modern Apprenticeship in
Footwear will have demonstrated, to the centre:
    • evidence of prior experience relevant to their proposed field of study; OR
    • the ability to study at Level 2; OR
    • have the agreed support from an employer or mentor with a demonstration of the
       candidates commitment to learn (by evidencing progression to date or providing an agreed
       training plan)

Minimum Periods of Training:
The average time anticipated to complete is a minimum of 12 months. This timescale is meant as
an indication only and will depend on individuals particular circumstances, such as significant prior
learning or experience.

What type of job might an apprentice be doing?
      •    Clickers, Cutters, Closers / Stitchers
      •    Lasters, Makers and Welters
      •    Finishers
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   •   Orthopaedic / Bespoke shoe room roles
   •   Quality inspectors
   •   Customer facing roles



How long does the apprenticeship take to complete?
The Apprenticeship should take a minimum of 12 months to complete.

Career progression after completing this apprenticeship
The apprentice will be able to progress to full employment or to more skilled activity within the
industry, and can also progress to other relevant Level 3 qualifications including NVQs, VRQs and
the Advanced / Modern Apprenticeship in Footwear.

Framework developed by:
Skillfast-UK
Richmond House                              Tel:   0113 2399 600
Lawnswood Business Park                     Fax:   0113 2399 601
Redvers Close                               Web: www.skillfast-uk.org
Leeds, LS16 6RD                             Email: enquiries@skillfast-uk.org




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What’s involved?

An apprentice can expect to be doing work based learning with an employer and to be paid, either
a wage if they are employed, or an allowance. In Wales all Modern Apprentices must be
employed.
The apprenticeship will include a National Vocational Qualification, Key Skills and a technical
certificate as listed below.



Competence Based Element           Knowledge Based Element            Key Skills

Level 3: Certificate in Footwear
and Leather (QCF)

•    Pathway 1 - Footwear &
     Leathergoods Production
     (Mixed) or
•    Pathway 2 - Footwear          Level 3: Diploma in Apparel /      Level 2:Application of Number
     Production or                 Footwear Production (NQF)          Level 2: Communication
•    Pathway 3 -
     Handcraft/Bespoke/Orthopa
     edic Footwear Production
     or
•    Pathway 4 - Footwear repair
     and associated services
The decision on which competence based and knowledge elements will be studied will be made
by the employer and/or training provider in discussion with the apprentice.

Entry requirements:
Candidates wishing to complete the Advanced / Modern Apprenticeship in Footwear will have
demonstrated, to the centre:
   • evidence of prior experience relevant to their proposed field of study; OR
   • the ability to study at Level 3; OR
   • have the agreed support from an employer or mentor with a demonstration of the
      candidates commitment to learn (by evidencing progression to date or providing an agreed
      training plan)


Minimum Periods of Training:
The average time anticipated to complete is a minimum of 24 months. This timescale is meant as
an indication only and will depend on individuals particular circumstances, such as significant prior
learning or experience. Examples of higher education opportunities include the BA (Hons)
Cordwainers Footwear.


What type of job might an apprentice be doing?
    Footwear repairer
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    Supervisor
    Technician
    Orthopaedic / bespoke footwear technician


How long does the apprenticeship take to complete?
The average time anticipated to complete an Advanced / Modern Apprenticeship is approximately
24 months


Career progression after completing this apprenticeship
•    The Apprentice will be able to progress to employment, self-employment, or to more skilled
     activity within the industry.
•    Progression from Level 3 programme for Advanced / Modern Apprenticeships should be
     articulated to relevant Level 4 programmes of learning. Apprentices can progress to higher or
     professional levels such as Foundation Degrees, Higher National Diplomas / Certificates, BA
     Honours Degrees and related professional courses.


Framework developed by:
Skillfast-UK
Richmond House                               Tel:   0113 2399 600
Lawnswood Business Park                      Fax:   0113 2399 601
Redvers Close                                Web: www.skillfast-uk.org
Leeds, LS16 6RD                              Email: enquiries@skillfast-uk.org




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Apprenticeship / Foundation Modern Apprenticeship in Leathergoods – Level 2



What’s involved?

An apprentice can expect to be doing work based learning with an employer and to be paid, either
a wage if they are employed, or an allowance. In Wales all Modern Apprentices must be
employed.
The apprenticeship will include a National Vocational Qualification, Key Skills and a technical
certificate as listed below.



Competence Based Element           Knowledge Based Element           Key Skills

Level 2: Certificate in Footwear
and Leather (QCF)

•     Pathway 1 - Footwear &
                                   Level 2:Certificate in Apparel,
      Leathergoods Production
                                   Footwear, Leather or Textile      Level 1:Application of Number
      (Mixed) or
                                   Production (QCF) –                Level 1: Communication
•     Pathway 6 - Leathergoods     Leathergoods Pathway
      Production or
•     Pathway 7 - Leather
      Production
•

The decision on which competence based and knowledge elements will be studied will be made
by the employer and/or training provider in discussion with the apprentice.

Entry requirements:
Candidates wishing to complete the Apprenticeship / Foundation Modern Apprenticeship in
Leathergoods will have demonstrated, to the centre:
    • evidence of prior experience relevant to their proposed field of study; OR
    • the ability to study at Level 2; OR
    • have the agreed support from an employer or mentor with a demonstration of the
       candidates commitment to learn (by evidencing progression to date or providing an agreed
       training plan)


Minimum Periods of Training:
The average time anticipated to complete is a minimum of 12 months. This timescale is meant as
an indication only and will depend on individuals particular circumstances, such as significant prior
learning or experience.


What type of job might an apprentice be doing?
      •    Tanner
      •    Leather processors
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   •   Quality inspectors
   •   Customer facing roles


How long does the apprenticeship take to complete?
The Apprenticeship should take a minimum of 12 months to complete.


Career progression after completing this apprenticeship
The apprentice will be able to progress to full employment or to more skilled activity within the
industry, and can also progress to other relevant Level 3 qualifications including NVQs, VRQs and
the Advanced / Modern Apprenticeship in Leathergoods.

Framework developed by:
Skillfast-UK
Richmond House                              Tel:   0113 2399 600
Lawnswood Business Park                     Fax:   0113 2399 601
Redvers Close                               Web: www.skillfast-uk.org
Leeds, LS16 6RD                             Email: enquiries@skillfast-uk.org




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What’s involved?


An apprentice can expect to be doing work based learning with an employer and to be paid, either
a wage if they are employed, or an allowance. In Wales all Modern Apprentices must be
employed.
The apprenticeship will include a National Vocational Qualification, Key Skills and a technical
certificate as listed below.



Competence Based Element           Knowledge Based Element            Key Skills

Level 3: Certificate in Footwear
and Leather (QCF)

•   Pathway 1 - Footwear &
    Leathergoods Production
    (Mixed) or
•   Pathway 2 - Footwear           Level 3: Diploma in Apparel /      Level 2:Application of Number
    Production or                  Footwear Production (NQF)          Level 2: Communication
•   Pathway 3 -
    Handcraft/Bespoke/Orthopa
    edic Footwear Production
    or
•   Pathway 4 - Footwear repair
    and associated services
The decision on which competence based and knowledge elements will be studied will be made
by the employer and/or training provider in discussion with the apprentice.

Entry requirements:
Candidates wishing to complete the Advanced / Modern Apprenticeship in Leathergoods will have
demonstrated, to the centre:
   • evidence of prior experience relevant to their proposed field of study; OR
   • the ability to study at Level 3; OR
   • have the agreed support from an employer or mentor with a demonstration of the
      candidates commitment to learn (by evidencing progression to date or providing an agreed
      training plan)


Minimum Periods of Training:
The average time anticipated to complete is a minimum of 24 months. This timescale is meant as
an indication only and will depend on individuals particular circumstances, such as significant prior
learning or experience.



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What type of job might an apprentice be doing?

•   Tannery worker
•   Footwear technician
•   Supervisor
•   Technician
•   Leathergoods designer

How long does the apprenticeship take to complete?
The average time anticipated to complete an Advanced / Modern Apprenticeship is approximately
24 months

Career progression after completing this apprenticeship
•   The Apprentice will be able to progress to employment, self-employment, or to more skilled
    activity within the industry.
•   Progression from Level 3 programme for Advanced / Modern Apprenticeships should be
    articulated to relevant Level 4 programmes of learning. Apprentices can progress to higher or
    professional levels such as Foundation Degrees, Higher National Diplomas / Certificates, BA
    Honours Degrees and related professional courses. Examples of higher education opportunities
    include the BSc (Hons) in Leather Technology.


Framework developed by:
Skillfast-UK
Richmond House                              Tel:   0113 2399 600
Lawnswood Business Park                     Fax:   0113 2399 601
Redvers Close                               Web: www.skillfast-uk.org
Leeds, LS16 6RD                             Email: enquiries@skillfast-uk.org




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8.5     Saddlery Pathway


Apprenticeship / Foundation Modern Apprenticeship in Saddlery – Level 2



What’s involved?

An apprentice can expect to be doing work based learning with an employer and to be paid, either
a wage if they are employed, or an allowance. In Wales all Modern Apprentices must be
employed.
The apprenticeship will include a National Vocational Qualification, Key Skills and a technical
certificate as listed below.



Competence Based Element           Knowledge Based Element            Key Skills

Level 2: Certificate in Footwear   Level 2:Intermediate Certificate
and Leather (QCF)                  in Saddlery
                                                                      Application of number
•     Pathway 5 - Saddlery         ( Bridle making or Harness         Level 1
                                   making or Saddle making)           Communication Level 1




The decision on which competence based and knowledge elements will be studied will be made
by the employer and/or training provider in discussion with the apprentice.

Entry requirements:
Candidates wishing to complete the Apprenticeship / Foundation Modern Apprenticeship in
Saddlery will have demonstrated, to the centre:
   • evidence of prior experience relevant to their proposed field of study; OR
   • the ability to study at Level 2; OR
   • have the agreed support from an employer or mentor with a demonstration of the
      candidates commitment to learn (by evidencing progression to date or providing an agreed
      training plan)

Minimum Periods of Training:
The average time anticipated to complete is a minimum of 12 months. This timescale is meant as
an indication only and will depend on individuals particular circumstances, such as significant prior
learning or experience.

What type of job might an apprentice be doing?

A saddler may specialise in making saddles or concentrate on making bridles or harness. Many
will learn the skills to make anything that is required of them by their customers, including
leathergoods such as hunting accoutrements, mobile phone cases or dog muzzles.

Your employer may ask you to do some other training as well; depending on what tasks you need
to do.
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Among the things you may be expected to learn about will be:

1. The properties and production of leather
2. Buckles and fittings
3. Other materials
4. Tools of the trade
5. Bridles
6. Breast plates and martingales
7. Stirrup leather and girths
8. Head collars
9. Showing and in-hand equipment
10. General repairs
11. Saddle repairs
12. Saddles and saddle fitting
13. Driving harness
14. Rugs and rug repairs
15. Sewing machines
16. Health and safety
17. Horse anatomy, identification and conformation
18. Horse handling and safety
19. Lorinery


How long does the apprenticeship take to complete?
The average time anticipated to complete an Apprenticeship / Foundation Modern Apprenticeship
is approximately 12 months

Career progression after completing this apprenticeship

The apprentice will be able to progress to full employment or to more skilled activity within the
industry, and can also progress to other relevant Level 3 qualifications including NVQs, VRQs and
the Advanced / Modern Apprenticeship in Saddlery.

Framework developed by:
Skillfast-UK
Richmond House                              Tel:   0113 2399 600
Lawnswood Business Park                     Fax:   0113 2399 601
Redvers Close                               Web: www.skillfast-uk.org
Leeds, LS16 6RD                             Email: enquiries@skillfast-uk.org




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Advanced / Modern Apprenticeship in Saddlery – Level 3



What’s involved?

An apprentice can expect to be doing work based learning with an employer and to be paid, either
a wage if they are employed, or an allowance. In Wales all Modern Apprentices must be
employed.
The apprenticeship will include a National Vocational Qualification, Key Skills and a technical
certificate as listed below.



Competence Based Element           Knowledge Based Element           Key Skills

Level 3: Certificate in Footwear   Level 3:                          Application of number
and Leather (QCF)                  Advanced Certificate in           Level 2
                                   Saddlery                          Communication Level 2
•   Pathway 5 - Saddlery
                                   ( Bridle making or Harness
                                   making or Saddle making)



The decision on which competence based and knowledge elements will be studied will be made
by the employer and/or training provider in discussion with the apprentice.

Entry requirements:
Candidates wishing to complete the Advanced / Modern Apprenticeship Framework in Saddlery
will have demonstrated, to the centre:
     • evidence of prior experience relevant to their proposed field of study; OR
     • the ability to study at Level 3; OR
     • have the agreed support from an employer or mentor with a demonstration of the
        candidates commitment to learn (by evidencing progression to date or providing an agreed
        training plan)

Minimum Periods of Training:
The average time anticipated to complete is a minimum of 24 months. This timescale is meant as
an indication only and will depend on individuals particular circumstances, such as significant prior
learning or experience.

What type of job might an apprentice be doing?

A saddler may specialise in making saddles or concentrate on making bridles or harness. Many
will learn the skills to make anything that is required of them by their customers, including
leathergoods such as hunting accoutrements, mobile phone cases or dog muzzles.

Your employer may ask you to do some other training as well; depending on what tasks you need
to do.

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Among the things you may be expected to learn about will be:

1. The properties and production of leather
2. Buckles and fittings
3. Other materials
4. Tools of the trade
5. Bridles
6. Breast plates and martingales
7. Stirrup leather and girths
8. Head collars
9. Showing and in-hand equipment
10. General repairs
11. Saddle repairs
12. Saddles and saddle fitting
13. Driving harness
14. Rugs and rug repairs
15. Sewing machines
16. Health and safety
17. Horse anatomy, identification and conformation
18. Horse handling and safety
19. Lorinery


How long does the apprenticeship take to complete?
The average time anticipated to complete an Advanced / Modern Apprenticeship is approximately
24 months

Career progression after completing this apprenticeship
•   The Apprentice will be able to progress to employment, self-employment, or to more skilled
    activity within the industry.
•   Progression from Level 3 programme for Advanced / Modern Apprenticeships should be
    articulated to relevant Level 4 programmes of learning. Apprentices can progress to higher or
    professional levels such as Foundation Degrees, Higher National Diplomas / Certificates, BA
    Honours Degrees and related professional courses.
•




Framework developed by:

Skillfast-UK
Richmond House                               Tel:     0113 2399 600
Lawnswood Business Park                      Fax:     0113 2399 601
Redvers Close                                Web:     www.skillfast-uk.org
Leeds, LS16 6RD                              Email:   enquiries@skillfast-uk.org




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