Textiles producers use spinning and weaving processes to create natural fabrics such cotton, linen and wool as well as many high-tech synthetic and polymer fabrics, like the multi-layered Gore-Tex. You can specialise in dyeing and finishing, textile technologies and testing.
You can work as an operator, fixer, or as a leading hand in operations or production management.
A textiles producer may…
Textiles production takes place predominately in spinning and weaving mills. These are large-scale factory type environments. Textiles producers can work as a ‘cottage industry', spinning and weaving their own specialist textile products. Business success in textiles production , like all enterprises, depends as much on sales skills and customer service as on craft skills and might benefit from some business skills training. There can also be considerable costs involved.
You can sometimes work as a textiles producer without undertaking any formal training or qualifications however some employers will prefer that you do. To work as a textiles production operator fixer or dispatcher you will usually have to complete a Certificate II in Textile Production (Complex or Multiple Processes).
With experience, and possibly some further training, textiles production workers can become a textile operations or production management leading hand. You will usually require a Certificate III in Textile Production.
Of course you can work at even higher levels within this sector, and with further training and experience you can continue to progress along a career pathway that could see you progress to many technical and design occupations and also senior management positions.
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