Textile Operative

Textile Operative


Textile operatives spin natural and synthetic material into yarns and fabrics for use in clothing, furnishings and industrial products.

Day-to-Day Tasks

  • Set up machinery and programme instructions
  • Operate machine looms that knit, weave and loop threads together
  • Prepare fibres and make sure they are combed, cleaned and twisted into yarns
  • Spin fibres and wind them onto bobbins or cones
  • Monitor production and report any problems
  • Do quality checks
  • Treat fabrics to make them stain or crease resistant
  • Make sure machines are ready for handover to the next shift
  • Keep production areas clean


Textile and garment factories.


You could work in a factory or in a workshop.

Your working environment may be noisy.

Working Hours

Normally 41 – 43 hours per week.


£16,500 – £24,000.


You could do a college course, which may help you when you start looking for work.

Courses include:

  • Level 1 or Level 2 Certificate in Textiles
  • Level 2 Certificate in Fashion and Textiles

You’ll usually need:

  • 2 or fewer GCSEs at Grades 3 to 1 (D to G), or equivalent, for a Level 1 course
  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a Level 2 course

Tagged as: [Textiles and Fashion]

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