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Textiles and Fashion Merchandiser

Working as a Textiles and Fashion Merchandiser you will buy, sell and market clothing and accessories. You will work in the business side of fashion and be aware of market trends, familiar with textiles and fabrics and attend fashion shows.

Summary of Training

  • Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
  • Work safely
  • Apply quality standards
  • Identify fabric performance and handling requirements
  • Interact and network with fashion industry participants
  • Calculate cost estimates for TCF products
  • Develop and present design concepts within specific guidelines
  • Operate computing technology in a TCF workplace
  • Identify fibres, fabrics and textiles used in the TCF industry
  • Analyse fit model
  • Develop and implement a business plan
  • Interpret market trends and developments
  • Source materials and resources for production of TCF designs
  • Develop marketing plans for fashion products
  • Evaluate fashion designs against set criteria
  • Analyse influences on contemporary fashion designs
  • Conduct fashion design purchasing
  • Cost production of fashion and textile designs
  • Develop merchandising plans for fashion products
  • Assess impact of current fashion industry innovations and practices
  • Participate in production planning processes
  • Identify opportunities in the TCF market
  • Work with international TCF supply chains
  • Apply knowledge of import and export international conventions, laws and finance
  • Promote products and services
  • Plan e-marketing communications
  • Develop a social media engagement plan
  • Establish legal and risk management requirements of small business
  • Implement copyright arrangements
  • Draw a trade drawing for fashion design
  • Communicate and sell design concepts
  • Develop product specifications for fashion design
  • Identify influences on contemporary fashion designs and construction techniques
  • Analyse TCF merchandising and marketing principles
  • Implement visual merchandising concepts

Please note that this Job & Training Description provides an example of the selection of non-core units. Alternative combinations of units may be selected and in some cases prerequisite units may need to be completed. For advice contact Apprenticeship Network providers or an approved Registered Training Organisation.

Job Pathways

Textiles, Clothing and Footwear

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This occupation fits generally with these groupings

Industry Group
Manufacturing & Production

Work Type
Creative & Artistic
Persuading & Enterprising

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Commencements Change

The change in Australian Apprenticeships commencements in this overall industry in the past two years. Commencements in 20/21: 182

Source: VOCSTATS, extracted on 2/8/2022. AATIS analysis.

Graduate Employment

Australian Apprentice graduates from this overall industry in employment (in any industry).

Source: NCVER National Student Outcomes Survey, 2020, unpublished. AATIS analysis.

Graduate Wage

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Source: NCVER National Student Outcomes Survey, 2020, unpublished. AATIS analysis.

Industry Growth

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Source: National Skills Commission, 2022. AATIS analysis.

Industry Size

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Source: National Skills Commission, 2022. AATIS analysis.

Industry Wage

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Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2022. AATIS analysis.

Availability Information

Textiles and Fashion Merchandiser - MST50119
Full Time

(Nominal Duration)

Part Time
Commencements 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Commencement data source: National Apprentices and Trainees collection, VOCSTATS, extracted 2/8/2022, rounded estimates for January 2021 to December 2021. This data is for general information purposes only.

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