Commissioner's Information Bulletin 668

Textile, Clothing and Footwear - Apprenticeships and Traineeships

Textile Clothing and Footwear

Date of effect: 7 November 2016

Updated: 4 June 2021

In this updated Commissioner's Information Bulletin (CIB) one traineeship vocation is varied to update the qualification code as follows:

Manufactured Textile Products Apprenticeship

This updated qualification is deemed equivalent.

Additionally, the industrial arrangements are updated to 2020 standards.

This updated Commissioner’s Information Bulletin includes information on two training packages the MSTv4.1 Textiles, Clothing and Footwear Training Package and the LMT07v4.1 Textiles, Clothing and Footwear Training Package.

Superseded Bulletins

This Commissioner's Information Bulletin supersedes bulletin 626.

Qualifications, structure and packaging

Transition Arrangements

Industrial arrangements

Licensing and regulatory arrangements

Competency based completion

Competency based progression

School based apprenticeships and traineeships

Registered training organisations

Funding arrangements

Inspecting Vocational Training Orders

Enquiries

To sign up an apprentice or trainee call 1300 363 831. To find a job in an apprenticeship or traineeship search here.

For implementation of new pathways in relation to this Training Package profile please contact this Leon Drury NSW ITAB Mobile: 0414 912 383.

David Collins
The Commissioner for Vocational Training


Job descriptions

Apprenticeships

At Certificate III level provides trade-level technical skills to support the design, development, production and supply of fabricated textile products.  It relates to specialised technical, operational and supervisory skills within a manufacturing enterprise.

Applications of this qualification would typically be suitable in small to medium sized enterprise work environments where specialised products such a yacht sails, shades, shade sales, PVC and canvas products are designed and produced to meet specific customer needs.

At Certificate III in Engineering - TCF Mechanic learners set up, adjust and maintain industrial and domestic sewing machines and machines used in the production of yarn, textiles and footwear. They conduct carding, knitting, spinning, tufting and weaving operations.

They also:

  • use tools and instruments to set up machines
  • install or commission machines
  • start machines for trial runs to make sure they are running properly
  • inspect yarns and fabrics produced
  • adjust machine settings to meet design specifications
  • perform operational maintenance of machines
  • overhaul and repair mechanical parts or fluid power equipment
  • may program, diagnose and repair computer controlled machines
  • diagnose and fix processing faults on textile equipment.

Traineeships

At Certificate II level trainees undertake an introductory overview of skills applied in the fashion industry. It includes skills used in the design and production of garments and millinery, as well as in the development of unique fashion and textile designs used in Indigenous Australian culture.

The qualification is designed to apply in a highly supervised context, such as VET in Schools, or other equivalent introduction to fashion industry environments.

At Certificate III level trainees learn the skills and knowledge required to work in applied design and production roles within the clothing and fashion industry.

This qualification is suitable for workers producing fashion products where a basic understanding of design and marketing as well as sewing skills for specialist machinists, support roles in patternmaking, production of digitally printed or embroidered fabrics or garments is needed.

Items to be produced would include a single or small range of products. This qualification is particularly suitable for those who are self-employed undertaking low volume production of items for local distribution outlets, for example, markets.

At Certificate III level trainees will perform specialised production or multi-skilled operations and supervision roles within the textiles and clothing production environment.

Work outcomes require the ability to operate equipment and take responsibility for specialist production machines or processes where the work is mostly repetitive and predictable and the emphasis is on safety, efficiency, process control and problem solving.

At Certificate IV level trainees perform specialised production or multi-skilled operations and supervision roles, within the textiles and clothing production environment.

It covers skills and knowledge in the application of specialised technical and supervisory skills within clothing production enterprises.

It covers occupations such as supervisory roles in a production environment, patternmakers and sample machinists. It allows for a multi-skilled approach to clothing production and provides a basis for career progression to higher skills in the applied fashion design and technology area.

Work outcomes require workers to operate and take responsibility for specialist production machines or processes where the work is mostly repetitive and predictable and the emphasis is on safety, efficiency, process control and problem solving

Certificate II level trainees will learn:

  • safe work practices in the production process
  • provide production support

Certificate III level trainees will learn:

  • to operate ginning machinery and ginning presses
  • to prevent fires using fire extinguishers
  • machine operations
  • maintenance using specialist tools and machinery

Certificate IV level trainees will learn:

  • to be part of the manufacturing process
  • the analysis of current practices
  • the development of new criteria and procedures for cotton ginning operations

At Certificate III level trainees perform supervision roles, specialised technical tasks or multi-tasks or multi-skilled roles within a dry cleaning environment.

Work is usually performed in a defined range of skilled operations, usually within a range of broader related activities involving known routines, methods and procedures, where some discretion and judgement is required in the provision of services or contingency measures and within known time constraints.

At Certificate III level trainees will perform multi-skilled operations within a work environment that produces or repairs footwear, where an in-depth knowledge of footwear materials and production or repair processes is required.

Suitable applications include manufacture or repair of footwear products.

Certificate II trainees learn the skills and knowledge to conduct operational and support functions within a laundry enterprise. Work outcomes covered by this qualification typically involve performing a limited range of tasks with known routines and procedures and some accountability for the quality of outcomes. Some multi-skilled roles can be accommodated in this qualification and work is generally supervised.

Certificate III level trainees perform supervision roles, specialised technical tasks or multi-skilled roles within a commercial laundry environment.

Work is usually performed in a defined range of skilled operations, usually within a range of broader related activities involving known routines, methods and procedures, where some discretion and judgement is required in the use of equipment or application of contingency measures and within known time constraints.

Certificate II level trainees may learn:

  • receiving, storing and handling of hides and skins
  • using basic machinery to cut and sew leather
  • identifying materials used in leather goods production.

Certificate III level trainees may learn:

  • fellmongering processes (removing wool from hides)
  • relevant machinery to tan or crust hide, skin or leather
  • how to trim and finish hide, skin or leather
  • how to perform minor maintenance of machinery
  • how to check quality and participate in the production planning process

At Certificate II level trainees will operate equipment and undertake complex operations tasks directly related to the manufacture of textile, clothing and footwear (TCF) products.

It provides the skills and knowledge required to work under supervision within a production environment.  The worker should demonstrate initiative, judgement and discretion in their own work and would apply a breadth and depth of knowledge to a defined range of situations and then would be expected to apply this knowledge to solve a defined range of problems by applying known solutions to a limited range of predictable problems.

It provides the skills and knowledge required to work under supervision within a production environment.

At Certificate II level trainees undertake vital production support roles in a textiles, clothing and footwear (TCF) manufacturing environment.

The worker would perform a limited range of operational support tasks directly related to the manufacture of TCF products.  It provides the skills and knowledge required to work under supervision within a production environment. The worker would apply a breadth and depth of knowledge to a defined range of situations and would be expected to apply this knowledge to solve a defined range of problems by applying known solutions to a limited range of predictable problems.

At Certificate II level trainees provide technical services in the repair, cleaning, alteration or maintenance of textiles, clothing or footwear (TCF) products.

The worker would apply a breadth and depth of knowledge to a defined range of situations and would be expected to apply this knowledge to solve a defined range of problems by applying known solutions to a limited range of predictable problems.  This qualification is typically applied in small and medium sized enterprises that provide specialist services for repair and alteration of footwear and garments as well as dry cleaning.


Competency Based Progression

Direct Entry

For apprenticeships with a full-time nominal term of 48 months or part-time nominal term of 72 months - direct entry.
The rate of progress will be determined as follows:

Stage of apprenticeship

Entry, progression and exit requirements

Stage 1

Nil entry requirements.

Progression to Stage 2

Apprentices progress to Stage 2:

  • on attainment of 25% of the total units of competency for the relevant qualification as specified in the training plan

or

  • 12 months after commencing Stage 1 (whichever is earlier) - full-time apprentices
    and

  • 18 months after commencing Stage 1 (whichever is earlier) - part-time apprentices

Progression to Stage 3

Apprentices progress to Stage 3:

  • On attainment of 50% of the total units of competency for the relevant qualification as specified in the training plan

or

  • 12 months after commencing Stage 2 (whichever is earlier) - full-time apprentices
    and

  • 18 months after commencing Stage 2 (whichever is earlier) - part-time apprentices

Progression to Stage 4

Apprentices progress to Stage 4:

  • on attainment of 75% of the total units of competency for the relevant qualification as specified in the training plan

or

  • 12 months after commencing Stage 3 (whichever is earlier) - full-time apprentices
    and

  • 18 months after commencing Stage 3 (whichever is earlier) - part-time apprentices


Advanced Entry

The rate of progress for apprenticeships with a full-time nominal term of 36 months or part-time nominal term of 54 months - reduced from full-time nominal term of 48 months where the apprentice holds the lower level qualification specified in the VTO - will be determined as follows:

Stage of apprenticeship

Entry, progression and exit requirements

 

Apprentices enter Stage 2

Progression to Stage 3

Apprentices progress to Stage 3:

  • on attainment of 50% of the total units of competency for the relevant qualification as specified in the training plan

or

  • 12 months after commencing Stage 2 (whichever is earlier) - full-time apprentices
    and

  • 18 months after commencing Stage 2 (whichever is earlier) - part-time apprentices

Progression to Stage 4

Apprentices progress to Stage 4:

  • on attainment of 75% of the total units of competency for the relevant qualification as specified in the training plan

    or

  • 12 months after commencing Stage 3 (whichever is earlier) - full-time apprentices
    and

  • 18 months after commencing Stage 3 (whichever is earlier) - part-time apprentices

The rate of progress for apprenticeships with a full-time nominal term of 24 months or part-time nominal term of 36 months - reduced from full-time nominal term of 48 months where the apprentice holds the lower level qualification specified in the VTO - will be determined as follows:

Stage of apprenticeship

Entry, progression and exit requirements

Apprentices enter Stage 3

Progression to Stage 4

Apprentices progress to Stage 4:

  • on attainment of 80% of the total units of competency for the relevant qualification as specified in the training plan

or

  • 12 months after commencing Stage 3 full-time apprentices

or

  • 18 months after commencing Stage 3 (whichever is earlier) - part-time apprentices

Apprenticeships

Manufactured Textile Products - Apprenticeship

Vocational Training Order

Date of effect

7 November 2016

Date of effect 4 June 2021

Qualification

MST30220 Certificate III in Manufactured Textile Products

Terms of apprenticeship

Full time:

  • MST30220 Certificate III in Manufactured Textile Products by direct entry
    • 48 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved
  • MST30220 Certificate III in Manufactured Textile Products where the trainee holds MST20216 Certificate II in TCF Production Operations
    • 36 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved

Part-time: 
See part-time apprenticeships and traineeships

Probationary period

Where the nominal term is:

  • up to and including 24 months - 2 months
  • greater than 24 months - 3 months

Textile Clothing and Footwear (TCF) Mechanic - Apprenticeship

Vocational Training Order

Date of effect

26 November 2010

Qualification

LMT31909 Certificate III in Engineering - TCF Mechanic

Terms of apprenticeship

Full time:

  • LMT31909 Certificate III in Engineering - TCF Mechanic by direct entry
    • 48 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved.
  • LMT31909 Certificate III in Engineering - TCF Mechanic where the apprentice holds LMT20107 Certificate II in Textile Production (Intermediate) or LMT20207 Certificate II in Textile Production (Complex or Multiple)
    • 36 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved.
  • LMT31909 Certificate III in Engineering - TCF Mechanic where the apprentice holds MEM30205 Certificate III in Engineering - Mechanical Trade
    • 24 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved.

See part-time apprenticeships and traineeships

School based

LMT31909 Certificate III in Engineering - TCF Mechanic

The term for a school based apprenticeship will be the school based component plus 36 months full-time post-school, or until the relevant competencies are achieved. The school based component will be calculated in months from the date of commencement to 31 December of the HSC year. During the school based component of the apprenticeship the school-based apprentice must undertake a minimum of 100 days of on-the-job training.

The apprentice's progress post-school will be determined as per the tables above, commencing at Stage 2 of the apprenticeship.

Probationary periods

Where the nominal term is:

  • up to and including 24 months - 2 months
  • Greater than 24 months - 3 months

Traineeships

Applied Fashion Design and Technology - Traineeship

Vocational Training Order

Date of effect

12 December 2008

Updated

27 November 2020

Qualifications

Terms of traineeships

Full time:

  • MST20616 Certificate II in Applied Fashion Design and Technology
    • 12 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved
  • MST30819 Certificate III in Applied Fashion Design and Technology by direct entry
    • 24 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved
  • LMT31407 Certificate III in Applied Fashion Designand Technology where the trainee holds MST20616 Certificate II in Applied Fashion Design and Technology
    • 12 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved

Part-time:
See part-time apprenticeships and traineeships

School based

MST20616 Certificate II in Applied Fashion Design and Technology

The term for a school based traineeship will be calculated in months from the date of commencement to 31 December of the HSC year. During this period the school-based trainee must undertake a minimum of 100 days of on-the-job training.

Probationary period

2 months

Clothing Production - Traineeship

Vocational Training Order

Date of effect

15 July 2008

Updated

27 November 2020

Qualifications

Terms of traineeships

Full time:

  • MST30119 Certificate III in Clothing and Textile Production by direct entry
    • 24 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved
  • MST30119 Certificate III in Clothing and Textile Production where the trainee holds MST20116 Certificate II in TCF Production Support or MST20216 Certificate II in TCF Production Operations
    • 12 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved
  • MST40219 Certificate IV in Clothing Production by direct entry
    • 36 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved
  • MST40219 Certificate IV in Clothing Production where the trainee holds MST30119 Certificate III in Clothing and Textile Production
    • 12 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved

Part-time:
See part-time apprenticeships and traineeships

Probationary periods

Where the nominal term is:

  • up to and including 24 months - 2 months
  • greater than 24 months - 3 months

Cotton Ginning - Traineeship

Vocational Training Order

Date of effect

15 September 2008

Qualifications

Terms of traineeships

Full time:

  • LMT20407 Certificate II in Cotton Ginning
    • 12 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved
  • LMT30307 Certificate III in Cotton Ginning by direct entry
    • 24 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved
  • LMT30307 Certificate III in Cotton Ginning where the trainee holds LMT20407 Certificate II in Cotton Ginning
    • 12 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved
  • LMT40207 Certificate IV in Cotton Ginning by direct entry
    • 36 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved
  • LMT40207 Certificate IV in Cotton Ginning where the trainee holds LMT30307 Certificate III in Cotton Ginning
    • 24 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved

Part-time:
See part-time apprenticeships and traineeships

School based

LMT20407 Certificate II in Cotton Ginning

The term for a school based traineeship will be calculated in months from the date of commencement to 31 December of the HSC year. During this period the school-based trainee must undertake a minimum of 100 days of on-the-job training.

Probationary periods

Where the nominal term is:

  • up to and including 24 months - 2 months
  • greater than 24 months - 3 months

Dry Cleaning Operations - Traineeship

Vocational Training Order

Date of effect

29 October 2010

Updated

27 November 2020

Qualification

MST30919 Certificate III in Dry Cleaning

Terms of traineeship

Full time:

  • MST30919 Certificate III in Dry Cleaning Operations by direct entry
    • 24 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved
  • MST30919 Certificate III in Dry Cleaning Operations where the trainee holds MST20519 Certificate II in TCF Services and Repair
    • 12 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved

Part-time:

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Probationary period

2 months

Footwear - Traineeship

Vocational Training Order

Date of effect

7 November 2016

Updated

27 November 2020

Qualification

MST30416 Certificate III in Footwear

Terms of traineeship

Full time:

  • MST30416 Certificate III in Footwear by direct entry
    • 24 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved
  • MST30416 Certificate III in Footwear where the trainee holds MST20116 Certificate II in TCF Production Support or MST20216 Certificate II in TCF Production Operations or MST20519 Certificate II in TCF Services and Repair
    • 12 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved

Part-time:

See part-time apprenticeships and traineeships

Probationary period

2 months

Laundry Operations - Traineeship

Vocational Training Order

Date of effect

29 October 2010

Updated

27 November 2020

Qualifications

Terms of traineeships

Full time:

  • MST20419 Certificate II in Laundry Operations
    • 12 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved
  • MST30619 Certificate III in Laundry Operations by direct entry
    • 24 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved
  • MST30619 Certificate III in Laundry Operations where the trainee holds MST20419 Certificate II in Laundry Operations
    • 12 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved

Part-time:
See part-time apprenticeships and traineeships

School based

MST20419 Certificate II in Laundry Operations

The term for a school based traineeship will be calculated in months from the date of commencement to 31 December of the HSC year. During this period the school-based trainee must undertake a minimum of 100 days of on-the-job training.

Probationary period

2 months

Leather Production - Traineeship

Vocational Training Order

Date of effect

5 December 2008

Updated

27 November 2020

Qualifications

Terms of traineeships

Full time:

  • MST20316 Certificate II in Leather Production
    • 12 months or until relevant competencies are achieved
  • MST30519 Certificate III in Leather Production
    • 24 months or until relevant competencies are achieved
  • MST30519 Certificate III in Leather Production where the trainee holds MST20316 Certificate II in Leather Production
    • 12 months or until relevant competencies are achieved

Part-time:
See part-time apprenticeships and traineeships

School based

MST20316 Certificate II in Leather Production

The term for a school based traineeship will be calculated in months from the date of commencement to 31 December of the HSC year. During this period the school-based trainee must undertake a minimum of 100 days of on-the-job training.

Probationary period

2 months

TCF Production Operations - Traineeship

Vocational Training Order

Date of effect

7 November 2016

Qualification

MST20216 Certificate II in TCF Production Operations

Terms of traineeship

Full time:

  • 12 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved

Part-time:

See part-time apprenticeships and traineeships

School based

MST20216 Certificate II in TCF Production Operations

The term for a school based traineeship will be calculated in months from the date of commencement to 31 December of the HSC year. During this period the school-based trainee must undertake a minimum of 100 days of on-the-job training.

Probationary period

2 months

TCF Production Support - Traineeship

Vocational Training Order

Date of effect

7 November 2016

Qualification

MST20116 Certificate II in TCF Production Support

Terms of traineeship

Full time:

  • 12 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved

Part-time:

See part-time apprenticeships and traineeships

School based

MST20116 Certificate II in TCF Production Support

The term for a school based traineeship will be calculated in months from the date of commencement to 31 December of the HSC year. During this period the school-based trainee must undertake a minimum of 100 days of on-the-job training.

Probationary period

2 months

TCF Services and Repair - Traineeship

Vocational Training Order

Date of effect

7 November 2016

Updated

27 November 2020

Qualification

MST20519 Certificate II in TCF Services and Repair

Terms of traineeship

Full time:

  • 12 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved

Part-time:

See part-time apprenticeships and traineeships

School based

MST20519 Certificate II in TCF Services and Repair

The term for a school based traineeship will be calculated in months from the date of commencement to 31 December of the HSC year. During this period the school-based trainee must undertake a minimum of 100 days of on-the-job training.

Probationary period

2 months

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