Garment Technology Passport To Employment

Free to 16-18
Free to people who claim benefits: UC, JSA, Income Support, ESA – Please ask if any others. 

Fully equipped studio, set out to simulate a manufacturers setting.

You will learn how to use industrial lockstitch flat machines, 3, 4 and 5 thread overlockers, coverstitchers, button holer, press beds and elements of pattern drafting, design and forecasting.

You can apply direct from the website or see details below:

Please contact: Sewing Academy Manager - Gillian Sarioglu on 0161 785 4350

or course tutor - Bev Whittaker on 0161 785 5589

  • Level 2 Certificate in Fashion & Textiles - practical sessions will enable you to build up sample work and sewn items for your portfolio.
  • Level 1 Award in Employability - group work and tasks set to help you progress into employment or Apprenticeships

Progress onto a Fashion & Textile Apprenticeship or gain full time employment.
Learners are required to attend an open date to secure a place on the course.

You will complete projects and make a number of sewn items such as: bag, jacket and skirt, stretch top cushion cover, quilt cover and complete a variety of samples which covers all aspects of sewing. You will gain a good understanding of seams, hemlines, decorative finishes and garment breakdowns used for construction techniques and processes. Your work will be evidenced in a folder and you will be assessed on the practical work you produce.  You will learn how to sew and use all the machinery and equipment including pressing, lay planning, cutting, garment construction and quality control.

This course is for 6 weeks and is run over the academic year.

Start Dates throughout the year are:

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End Date:

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The Sewing Academy is set out to simulate a real life work setting.

We have visits from manufacturers, who  talk about their Companies and you will get the chance to practice sewing actual items from their workplace.

We have a number of full and part time employment on offer or a route into a Fashion & Textile apprenticeship.


Production operative, sample machinist, garment technology roles, supervisor, quality control, design and pattern drafter/grader.  Up to £50,000 National Careers Advice

Study Programme

All students at Oldham College will participate in a personalised study programme that will maximise your potential and enable you to progress onto employment, apprenticeships or higher education.

This means you will:

  • Study a core qualification in a vocational discipline and continue to develop your English and Maths skills through functional skills, GCSE resits and the option of Level 3 qualifications
  • Participate in meaningful work experience
  • Enjoy a range of enrichment opportunities e.g. basketball, archery, skiing and sign language
  • Take part in dedicated tutorial sessions to review your progress and development