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Australian Apprenticeships & Traineeships

Textile Designer

Employees work for a small design studio in the textile industry.

Summary of Training

Core Units - 10 required

  • Identify fibres and fabrics
  • Work in the Textiles, Clothing and Footwear industry
  • Implement and monitor OH&S in the workplace
  • Analyse textile design influences
  • Assist in the development of textile designs
  • Analyse use of colour in textiles
  • Develop textile designs using computer based design programs
  • Develop textile designs and specifications
  • Identify fibres, yarns and textile materials and their uses in textile production
  • Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

Elective Units - 25 required

  • Communicate and sell design concepts
  • Identify opportunities in the textiles, clothing and footwear market
  • Produce knitted textile samples
  • Produce woven textile samples
  • Produce woven tapestry samples
  • Source textile materials and resources
  • Present and promote textile design concepts
  • Apply manipulation techniques to create experimental textile samples
  • Estimate costs for development of textile designs
  • Prepare stencils and screens for textile printing
  • Select dyes and develop dye specification and recipe for production
  • Produce printed designs on woven and non-woven substrates
  • Produce drawings to communicate ideas
  • Design and produce knitted textile products
  • Design and produce woven tapestry products
  • Design and produce woven products
  • Design and produce experimental textiles
  • Design and produce printed textiles
  • Cost production of textile designs
  • Produce computer aided textile design folios
  • Exhibit textile designs or products
  • Develop drawing skills
  • Market design and product to local outlets
  • Organise and plan own work to achieve planned outcomes
  • Capture photographic images

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.

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Commencements Change

The change in Australian Apprenticeships commencements in this overall industry in the past two years. Commencements in 2016: 125

Source: NCVER Apprentice and trainee collection, 2017, unpublished. AATIS analysis.

Graduate Employment

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

Source: NCVER National Student Outcomes Survey, 2017, unpublished. AATIS analysis.

Graduate Wage

Average wage of Australian Apprentice graduates from this overall industry employed full-time after training.

Source: NCVER National Student Outcomes Survey, 2017, unpublished. AATIS analysis.

Industry Growth

Growth in employment in this overall industry in the past 5 years.

Source: Department of Employment, 2017. AATIS analysis.

Industry Size

The number of employees in this overall industry compared with other Australian industries.

Source: Department of Employment, 2017. AATIS analysis.

Industry Wage

Average wage of employees in this overall industry.

Source: Department of Employment, 2017. AATIS analysis.

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Availability Information and More Details

Textile Designer - LMT50507
Full Time

(Nominal Duration)

Part Time
Commencements 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Availability of Australian Apprenticeships and Nominal Duration (in months)

A = identified by the State or Territory as an Apprenticeship

T = identified by the State or Territory as a Traineeship

* = An approved qualification in Tasmania is available as an Apprenticeship/Traineeship.

A Qualification registered by a State or Territory as available as an Australian Apprenticeship may not be eligible for public funding support, check with the relevant State or Territory Training Authority.

Nominal durations listed are for full time occupations, stated in months. In some cases nominal durations provided may not include the completion of pre-requisites. This data is sourced from State and Territory Training Authorities and is provided for information only and must be confirmed with these authorities.


Commencement data source: National Apprentices and Trainees collection (June 2017 estimates), NCVER rounded estimates for the 2016 calendar year. Qualifications with no recorded commencements may not appear. This data is for general information purposes only.

Australian School-based Apprenticeships (ASbA)

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ANZSCO Classification: 232311

Note: This is an indicative Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) classification for this occupation, provided as a guide only. Apprenticeship Network providers should refer to DET guidelines regarding ANZSCO codes.

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