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Ways into the fashion and textiles industry

So, you want to work in fashion and textiles?

Don't know where to start? Well, you're in the right place.

We can't guarantee you a job in fashion or in textiles, but we can give you advice on the different options you have that can increase your chances of getting your foot in the door.

What are your options when you leave school?

You might want to go straight into work after leaving school or you might want to go on to do further study. 

If you already have an idea about what job you want to do in fashion and textiles, have a look at our fashion and textiles job roles and see whether you need to have any particular qualifications to do that role, and what are the best routes in.

Two main options you might want to consider after you leave school are:


With apprenticeships, you can earn and learn, working in the fashion and textiles industry while you learn both on the job and at college, so as to give you really strong foundations on which to build your career.

There are Apprenticeships in Fashion and Textiles that cover a wide range of roles across the fashion and textiles industry, in what are called different apprenticeship pathways:

Creative Skillset Tick logoThe industry has worked with us to assess apprenticeship programmes for the quality of the training they give you and the close links they have with employers. The best ones have been awarded the Creative Skillset Tick - click here to see a list of Tick apprenticeship training programmes.

Have a look at these apprenticeships - what you'll learn and the roles you could apply for - and have a think about whether you want to get stuck in straight away or whether university might be more up your street.

Degree courses

Creative Skillset Tick logoIf you want to do a degree course, you need to know about the Creative Skillset Tick.

This is the quality mark that's awarded by industry to the degree courses that have the closest links with industry, that provide the highest level of industry-relevant education, and that offer the facilities that match what's being used in the industry.

There's an exclusive group of fashion design courses that have been awarded the Creative Skillset Tick. Have a look at them and see which one's right for you:

Each course will be different and each will have its own entry requirements, so check these on the universities' websites - this will help you work out which course is right for you.