Sewing & Garment Construction  (Level 3)

This practical, entry-level programme is designed to take you from little (or no) sewing experience to becoming proficient in using a variety of industrial machines (including automatic sewers, overlockers, cover seamers and binders) to create complete garments.

About the programme

What will you learn

Highlights of the programme

Students are taught machine handling skills, production sewing and full garment construction techniques to industry standard.

Garments manufactured include skirts, shorts, sweatshirts, bodices and business shirts. Included within these garments is a range of specialised piecework skills (buttonholes, invisible zips, jean zips, mock pockets, patch pockets, Jett pockets, darts, collars, cuffs, plackets to name just a few).

This programme creates the opportunity for employment or to run your own small business from home – NZSAF offers ongoing business mentoring to support your business startup.

Student loans and allowances are available.  You may be eligible for Fees-Free study if you are a first-time tertiary student, or have studied less than 60 credits at level 3 (outside of school).

  • Practical hands-on programme designed to assist skill-building and machinist competency

  • Sew a variety of complete garments using fully industrial machines

  • Opportunities for work experience and real-life clients

  • All materials and manuals are provided

  • Modern premises with modern machines

  • Setting up your own business option – business plans and marketing workshops

  • Textbooks, manuals, fabric supplied

Qualifications you will gain

New Zealand Certificate in Apparel and Fashion Technology (Level 3)

  • The applicant must be at least the age of 16 years.

  • Successfully complete a 2-day FREE trial.

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Entry Criteria

Career Pathway

  • Entry-level machine operator or trainee machinist

  • Cutting room assistant

  • Warehouse assistant

  • Quality control

Education Pathways

The learner may enrol in Pattern Making Programme (Level 4)

This course is Level 3 and consists of 120 Credits.​

Programme Duration - 36 weeks

Fees - $6,700 (Domestic), $18,000 (International)

(This includes all resources required for the programme) (Fees-free, student loan and allowances are available for eligible applicants)


Programme Details

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