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From Manufacturing Textile Products and a wide ranging Framework in Fashion and Textiles  to Bespoke Cutting and Tailoring, produced initially  for use in Savile Row, learners have the opportunity to gain enough knowledge and experience to excel in a career in this industry. With ABC Awards Sewing and Textiles qualifications, learners will study Pattern and Grading Technology, Tailoring, Garment Technology, Pattern Production and so much more.


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We have qualifications which form part of the apprenticeship framework, for more information click here


As employees, apprentices earn a wage and work alongside experienced staff to gain job-specific skills. Off the job, usually on a day-release basis, apprentices receive training to work towards nationally recognised qualifications. Anyone living in England, over 16 and not in full-time education can apply.
Apprenticeships can take between one and four years to complete depending on the level of Apprenticeship, the apprentices’ ability and the industry sector. * All employed apprentices will get a wage, at least the National Minimum Wage (NMW) however, as skills develop, many employers tend to increase wages – in fact, research has found that apprentices earn an average of £170 net pay per week.


Key benefits:
•    earn a salary
•    get paid holidays
•    receive training
•    gain qualifications
•    learn job-specific skills

There are three levels of Apprenticeship available for those aged 16 and over:
Intermediate Level Apprenticeships
Apprentices work towards work-based learning qualifications such as a Level 2 Competence Qualification, Functional Skills and, in most cases, a relevant knowledge-based qualification.

Advanced Level Apprenticeships
Apprentices work towards work-based learning such as a Level 3 Competence Qualification, Functional Skills and, in most cases, a relevant knowledge-based qualification.

Higher Apprenticeships
Apprentices work towards work-based learning qualifications such as a Level 4 Competence Qualification, Functional Skills and, in some cases, a knowledge-based qualification such as a Foundation Degree.

Apprenticeships are available in the following Sectors

Agriculture, Horticulture and Animal Care*
Arts, Media and Publishing
Business, Administration and Law
Construction, Planning and the Built Environment
Education and Training
Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies*
Health, Public Services and Care*

Information and Communication Technology
Leisure, Travel and Tourism
Retail and Commercial Enterprise*

ABC Awards has qualifications in these sectors* that contribute to Apprenticeships:


ABC Awards - our Brief Encounter

Mary Portas recently headlined newspapers with the launch of a new brand, Kinky Knickers, which throughout March was showcased in the programme Mary's Bottom Line, broadcast on Channel 4.

I feel a great sense of achievement now that I’ve passed my key skills as part of the apprenticeship.

Headen & Quarmby Ltd (Andy)

Mary is fronting her campaign to resurrect British manufacturing by finding a suitable factory location and seeking out unemployed people around the Middleton area of Manchester and giving them jobs, manufacturing a new range of knickers made completely with British produced textiles.  The Kinky Knickers are currently stocked by ASOS, Liberty, House of Fraser, Selfridges, Marks and Spencer and Boots (online).

I am pleased to have completed the NVQ, and am now qualified after forty years of sewing!

Burberry (Angelina)

However, Mary is not alone in championing this industry, ABC Awards has long established qualifications in the Manufacturing and Textiles industry in Britain and were instrumental in working with the Sector Skills Council, initially Skillfast-UK and then Creative Skillset to produce the Apprenticeship framework in this sector. 

Today has made me realise just how privileged we all are to have the opportunity this apprenticeship offers.

Headen & Quarmby Ltd (Lesley)

The 7 employees, working at the factory of Headon &  Quarmby Ltd., are undergoing their apprenticeship and hope to complete their qualification in August this year.  They are registered through KTL Ltd., a small private training provider based in Nottingham, established for over 12 years, specialising in delivering training within the fashion and textile manufacturing industry and are registered on the ABC Awards Level 2 Certificate in Apparel, Footwear Leather or Textile Production (Apparel Production) and the Level 2 Certificate in Manufacturing Sewn Products (NVQ).

I am pleased I took part in this programme. I have worked in sewing since I was sixteen years old, and now in my fifties I have got an NVQ qualification.

Burberry (Carol)

The learners knew from the outset that as well as employment, they were going to be registered for a qualification - and the possibility of an apprenticeship was mentioned.  The learners were keen on getting recognition for the training they were undertaking.

Today provided an insight into the knowledge I will be gaining, whilst adding to the skills I already possess.

Headen & Quarmby Ltd (Emma-Claire)

Chris from KTL did an induction with the learners before Christmas and after that all 7 learners were registered with ABC Awards.  It is hoped the learners will complete their qualifications in August and there are plans for 3 follow up episodes of the programme to measure the success of the project.  Orders have gone through the roof  which has meant that there have been a few more people taken on at Headon and Quarmby to assist with production.

For more information on ABC Awards Apprenticeship provision in this and in other sectors, click here.

I feel excited about learning new skills on this apprenticeship. Having a qualification is great as it can offer security for future jobs.

Headen &Quarmby Ltd (Julie)


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