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There are a broad range of career opportunities in the TCF&L sector from raw materials processing, synthetic fibre production and textile making, through to concept design, patternmaking, manufacturing and promotion. There are opportunities to start hands on at production level, as a trade apprentice or as a tertiary graduate.
The TCF&L industries are diverse and cover a range of different products including apparel, made-up textiles, household products, carpet, footwear and technical textiles. There are approximately 50,400 Australians employed by TCF&L and it contributes almost $5.2 billion in industry value added to the Australian economy.
There are a broad range of career opportunities in the TCF&L sector that include creative skills like fashion design, dressmaking and millinery, and also specialised technical jobs involved in textile production, testing, grading and patternmaking.
The following are a sample of careers available in the TCF&L industry.
|SECTOR||JOB TITLE||QUALIFICATION||INDICATIVE SALARY (k)|
|Product Development||Product Developer||Advanced Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Technology||$65 - $90|
|Product Development||Apparel Designer||Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Technology||$63 - $73|
|Product Development||Textile Designer||Diploma of Textile Design & Development||$46 - $56|
|Product Development||Assistant Designer||Certificate IV in Applied Fashion Design and Technology||$38 - $44|
|Pre-Production||Garment Technologist||Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Technology||$49 - $67|
|Pre-Production||Patternmaker||Advanced Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Technology||$60 - $90|
|Pre-Production||CAD Grader/ Marker||Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Technology||$47 - $61|
|Pre-Production||Sample Machinist||Certificate III in Clothing Production||$38 - $43|
|Operations & Supply||Operations Manager||Advanced Diploma of Competitive Manufacturing||$98 - $120|
|Operations & Supply||Production Manager||Diploma of Competitive Manufacturing||$63 - $85|
|Operations & Supply||Quality Control Manager||Certificate IV in Clothing Production||$40 - $53|
|Operations & Supply||Warehouse Manager||Diploma of Logistics Management||$50 - $67|
|Retail Operations||Category Buyer||Advanced Diploma of Fashion Design, Merchandising & Marketing||$63 - $78|
|Retail Operations||National Retail Manager||Advanced Diploma of Management||$84 - $155|
|Retail Operations||Store Manager||Diploma of Retail Management||$40 - $45|
|Retail Operations||Visual Merchandiser||Diploma of Visual Merchandising||$44 - $50|
|Sales & Marketing||Sales Executive/Rep||Certificate IV in Frontline Management||$50 - $85|
|Sales & Marketing||State Manager||Diploma of Management||$60 - $80|
|Sales & Marketing||National Sales Manager||Advanced Diploma of Management||$70 - $106|
For more information on the variety of careers and training pathways in the TCF&L industries can be found at the following links:
Skills Victoria - Victorian Government site that provides information on education and training options to the community including apprentices, trainees, students, teachers, trainers, businesses and employers. Search online for jobs and their related courses, eg fashion designer, textile technician, footwear worker.
Job Guide - Federal Government site that helps young people explore career options and make subject choices. Features hundreds of occupational profiles, including employment opportunities, personal requirements and education and training pathways.
myfuture - Australia's career information and exploration service. Features current career information, occupation profiles, job seeking tips, articles, videos and a search function for courses and scholarships in your area. myfuture is a joint initiative of Australian, state and territory governments.
Manufacturing Skills Australia - This website contains a wealth of information on over 150 jobs available within 13 manufacturing industry sectors and includes handy resources such as the MSA Manufacturing Careers InfoSheets.
TAFE Courses Directory - Gives you the means to find the course most suited to you. With more than 30 study areas and 1800 courses, the directory can help you to find a pathway to your chosen career; improve your skills, knowledge and job prospects and find the best flexible option. Victorian Government site. Links to courses for fashion, textiles, footwear.
Going to Uni - Federal Government site with information on higher education for students in Australia. Features a national, searchable online resource for courses offered by Australian universities and higher education providers.
Adult, Community and Further Education - Adult Community Education (ACE) helps adults get back into learning, gain new skills and knowledge, and plan what other studies or work they might like to do. A Victorian Government site.
SkillsOneTV - Features hundreds of videos about getting a trade or skill.
Study Melbourne - Victorian Government website for international students in Melbourne and Victoria's regional cities.
youth.gov.au - The central hub of government information for young people.
To find a training provider that offers the qualification you are interested in, go to the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA) website: http://www.vrqa.vic.gov.au
LMT11107 Certificate I in Textiles Clothing and Footwear
LMT20107 Certificate II in Textile Production (Intermediate)
LMT20207 Certificate II in Textile Production (Complex or Multiple Processes)
LMT20407 Certificate II in Cotton Ginning
LMT20507 Certificate II in Textile Fabrication
LMT20607 Certificate II in Clothing Production (Intermediate)
LMT20707 Certificate II in Clothing Production (Complex or Multiple Processes)
LMT20807 Certificate II in Millinery
LMT20907 Certificate II in Footwear Production (Intermediate)
LMT21007 Certificate II in Footwear Production (Complex or Multiple Processes)
LMT21107 Certificate II in Footwear Repair
LMT21207 Certificate II in Leather Production
LMT21407 Certificate II in Laundry Operations
LMT21507 Certificate II in Dry Cleaning Operations
LMT21607 Certificate II in Technical Textiles and Non-wovens
LMT21707 Certificate II in Applied Fashion Design and Technology
LMT30107 Certificate III in Textile Production
LMT30307 Certificate III in Cotton Ginning
LMT30407 Certificate III in Textile Fabrication
LMT30507 Certificate III in Clothing Production
LMT30607 Certificate III in Millinery
LMT30707 Certificate III in Footwear Production
LMT30807 Certificate III in Footwear Repair
LMT30907 Certificate III in Leather Production
LMT31107 Certificate III in Laundry Operations
LMT31207 Certificate III in Dry Cleaning Operations
LMT31407 Certificate III in Applied Fashion Design and Technology
LMT31807 Certificate III in Technical Textiles and Non-wovens
LMT40107 Certificate IV in Textile Technology and Production
LMT40207 Certificate IV in Cotton Ginning
LMT40307 Certificate IV in Clothing Production
LMT40407 Certificate IV in Custom made Footwear
LMT40707 Certificate IV in Millinery
LMT40807 Certificate IV in Laundry Operations and Supervision
LMT40907 Certificate IV in Supply and Fitting of Pre-Manufactured Medical Grade Footwear
LMT41007 Certificate IV in Applied Fashion Design and Technology
LMT41107 Certificate IV in Textile Design and Development
LMT41207 Certificate IV in Fashion and Textiles Merchandising
LMT50207 Diploma of Medical Grade Footwear
LMT50307 Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Technology
LMT50407 Diploma of Textile Technology and Production Management
LMT50507 Diploma of Textile Design and Development
LMT50607 Diploma of Fashion and Textiles Merchandising
LMT60207 Advanced Diploma of Medical Grade Footwear
LMT60307 Advanced Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Technology LMT60407 Advanced Diploma of Textile Design and Development
LMT60507 Advanced Diploma of Fashion and Textiles Merchandising