We take a look at the bespoke tailor and cutter apprenticeship.
What does a tailor and cutter do, what do you learn on the apprenticeship, how long does it last and how are your skills assessed?
What is a bespoke tailor and cutter?
Bespoke tailors and cutters make garments tailored to individuals.
What will I learn as an apprentice tailor and cutter?
As an apprentice tailor and cutter you would learn how to make bespoke clothing items, such as coats, jackets, trousers, skirts and waistcoats. This includes learning how to measure people, create a pattern and carry out fittings. You will also learn how to make alterations to clothing.
You will learn about different fabrics and their suitability for use in clothing as well as the history of Savile Row styling and its influence on today’s luxury clothing market.
Aside from the specific tailoring skills that you will learn, you will also learn how to organise buying materials, stock control and how to work professionally with clients. This means communicating effectively in order to find out what the client wants and to advise them. It also means being discrete and diplomatic.
How long does the apprenticeship last?
The apprenticeship typically lasts for two years but may be less if you are a fast learner and develop practical skills quickly.
The final assessment of whether you have met the required skills level includes a final project, which is a substantial piece of work consisting of a series of bespoke garments and sample procedures/patterns (75%), a research project (10%), and a professional presentation and discussion (15%).
Your final result will be graded pass, merit or distinction just like a vocational qualification is.
What qualifications do I need?
This is a Level 5 apprenticeship. As with all apprenticeships, employers set their own entry requirements, but normally you will need to be skilled in complex stitching and making processes. You will need to achieve Level 2 English and maths qualifications if you do not already have them.