Reference Number: ST0540
Details of standard
This occupation is found in sewn product manufacturers, footwear manufacturers, brands and retailers. They can be involved in the production of a wide range and variety of products, from clothing and fashion to leather goods, shoes, soft furnishings, marine and medical textiles.
The broad purpose of the occupation is to provide technical support throughout the product development process and ensure approved samples with specifications; production instructions and production patterns are in place so the manufacturing process can commence and be completed by the required date and within budget.
In their daily work, an employee in this occupation could interact with designers, senior managers buyers, merchandisers, warehouse managers, pattern cutters, sample machinists, quality control and production managers, and customers; this will depend on the size of the company. They will be responsible for technical and commercial elements of the product development cycle in fast moving environment. In larger firms product technologists may work within a team, in smaller firms the product technologist will experience a significant degree of autonomy.
Product technologist typical duties include:
- Evaluating new product designs
- Supporting the production of sewn product samples
- Sample review, evaluation and approval
- Producing product specifications and production instructions
- Identifying suitable materials and accessories
- Analysing product returns and faults
- Supporting the production and distribution processes
- Costing and budget management
- Quality assurance and control
- Conduct product risk assessments
Knowledge: Product Technologists have knowledge and understanding of:
Supply chain and customer base:
Materials used in production:
The product and production process:
Quality assurance procedures:
Policies and procedures:
Skills: Product Technologists can:
Develop and review samples:
Deal with product faults and returns
Behaviour: Product Technologists:
Typically 22 months
Entry requirements will be a matter for individual employers, typically an apprentice might be expected to have already achieved an appropriate level of English and maths (GCSE grades C or above)
English and maths:
Individuals without Level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level prior to end-point assessment.
For those with an education, health and care plan or a legacy statement the apprenticeships English and maths minimum requirement is Entry Level 3. British Sign Language qualification is an alternative to English qualifications for those whom this is their primary language.
After three years
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