The best natural fibres in the world. Innovative Kiwi design. Global clothing brands.

Careers information

What do they do?

Apparel workers are involved in the design, production and sales of garments, including womenswear, menswear, childrenswear and accessories.

What kind of jobs could I do?

Roles in the apparel industry include:

Plus there are opportunities to take on the types of roles that are common to all manufacturing processes (e.g. quality control, distribution, sales).

Does this sound like you?

Study areas

• English or Media Studies or History

• Sciences or Workshop Technology

• Creative Arts (Visual / Textiles / Graphics / Performance Music)

• Computing / ICT / Information Management


• Confident communicator

• Good at precision work

• Good work habits/time management

• Good at problem solving / creative

Helpful experience

• Administration, planning or organising things

• Making or fixing things

• Working with machinery

• Creative work (writing, drawing, styling)

Preferred work environments

• Inside (workshop or plant)

• One place every day

Career Pathway

School Entry level jobs Advancing jobs Senior jobs

No minimum entry requirement

Apparel cutting & sewing


Sewing Machinist

Garment Technician



Senior Pattern-Maker


Production Manager

Team Leader 

Business Owner
Unit/Achievement standards in schools Traineeship Higher learning Higher learning

How much could I earn?

Icn Money

0 - 2 years experience

$20k - $35k

What do we offer?

  • We partner with industry associations and members of your industry to help recruit and build talented employees. This support includes promoting careers in your industry, identifying potential learners, and encouraging work placements.

  • We also ensure your industry’s qualifications continue to meet needs, support industry events like conferences, competitions and graduations and regularly celebrate your learners’ success.
  • When apprentices enroll, we assign them a Competenz account manager. Our account managers understand the industry and the skills learners and businesses need to gain.