The following chart details each level, the approximate amount of time you will need to train and how you will navigate your career pathway towards being a fully fledged tailor or cutter.
You will learn about basic tailoring and put in to practice technical and practical skills. This will involve hand production of a waistcoat and a pair of tailored trousers. You will have opportunities to see how the industry works by visiting tailoring companies and experiencing the work environment. The learning will include:
This course is supported by many tailoring companies and is an extension of the learning from the Pre-Apprenticeship level 1 course. You will gain an insight into the variety of styles for men’s and women’s tailoring, and will be introduced to the basic materials, components and methods of construction of a tailored jacket.
This course has been developed originally with the expertise and support of many Savile Row companies and their many highly skilled master tailors. This course will encompass many of the skills required to make bespoke garments with a focus on the repetitive skills that are needed for accuracy, speed and precision. You will normally work in a bespoke tailoring business and will be required to follow assessment criteria. You will be supported by the Masters in the business and specialise in any of the following areas:
You will also be supported by a visiting Assessor who will guide you through the course and ensure you have the evidence to demonstrate competence and knowledge.
Learners will be expected to research into:
It is also essential that you have a level 2 Maths and English certificate which will also be included as part of the qualification, if you do not have a certificate. The learner usually would achieve this qualification in 14 to 24 months.
This new qualification has now been approved by the government and will be accredited by ABC Awards
The apprentice can progress to this level 5 course if they have a level 3 qualification in tailoring or can demonstrate they have acquired the skills at this level in a bespoke business.
This new degree level employer led course has been developed and supported by many UK bespoke tailoring companies. It aims to provide the apprentice with the skills and knowledge to produce high quality garments or patterns, after following an 18 month intensive programme in a bespoke tailoring business.
The learning will include:
The grading criteria should enable the apprentice to gain either a Pass, Merit or Distinction.