Career opportunities in the Apparel Sector for 12th Pass candidates

Published: March 19, 2024
Author: Fashion Value Chain

Ms. Smritee Dwivedi, Senior Director

Apparel, Made Ups and Home Furnishing Sector Skill Council

The apparel sector is a rapidly growing industry that offers diverse career opportunities for individuals with different backgrounds and skill sets. With an increasing demand for fashionable clothing and accessories, the apparel sector has significantly contributed to many countries’ economic growth. The apparel sector in India is one of the largest contributors to the country’s economy, generating significant revenue and providing employment opportunities to millions of people. The industry comprises various sub-sectors, including apparel manufacturing, design, and marketing. Given that India is one of the largest producers of cotton in the world, its apparel sector has a bright future, offering many job opportunities for 12th-pass students. If you are a 12th-pass student looking to start a career in this sector, several options can lead to a fulfilling and rewarding career. 

In this article, we will explore some of the most popular career opportunities in the apparel sector for 12th-pass students, which are as follows:

1. Pattern Maker: Apparel pattern makers are crucial in the clothing industry, as they transform fashion designers’ ideas into tangible clothing items. These professionals work closely with designers to accurately interpret their creative vision. They use their fabrics, sewing, and garment alterations expertise to create a pattern replicating the desired design. Apparel Made-ups and Home Furnishing Sector Skill Council (AMHSSC), under the Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, is responsible for skill development and certification in the apparel industry. The Council has developed Qualification Packs (QPs) that conform to international pattern-making standards. By aligning their skilling competencies with the industry’s requirements, the Council aims to provide the necessary training and certification for pattern makers with the relevant technical capabilities. This effort will contribute to the sector’s growth and generate employment opportunities for the nation’s youth.

Career and Economic Outcome: The right approach to start your Pattern-making career is to acquire a position just below that of a senior Pattern maker. For instance, join as a grader or a fabric cutter. These positions will provide adequate work experience and knowledge applicable to the pattern maker position. In addition, you can move directly into an available pattern maker opening once you are ready. At this stage, a skilled person can earn around Rs 15,000 monthly. With experience and expertise, one’s income can potentially increase.

2. Fashion Designer: If you have a creative streak and an eye for fashion, you can pursue a career as a fashion designer. You can enroll in a fashion designing course and learn about fashion illustration, garment construction, textile design, and other aspects of fashion. Firstly, to become a successful fashion designer, you need to have a strong foundation in design, including knowledge of textiles, colors, and shapes. Pursuing a certificate course in fashion design or a related field can help you develop these skills and gain industry knowledge. It also provides opportunities to network with professionals in the area, which can lead to career advancement.

You can start building your portfolio and gaining experience by acquiring the necessary skills and education. It involves working as an intern or assistant for a fashion designer or a fashion house. Consider starting your fashion label or working as a freelancer. As you gain more experience and develop a reputation in the industry, you can earn more money and have more opportunities for career advancement. Successful fashion designers may become creative directors for fashion houses, start their successful labels, or work as consultants for major fashion brands.

In terms of economic outcomes, the salary of a fashion designer can vary widely depending on various factors such as experience, location, and industry. After completing class 12th, choosing the right Fashion Design course can open up a world of possibilities. Individuals who have completed their 12th grade in any stream, be it Science, Commerce or Arts, are eligible to pursue the Assistant Fashion Designer course from any recognized training partner of AMHSSC.

Career and Economic Outcome: Aspiring youths with skills can start as assistant Fashion designers and gradually have many career opportunities available. Upon completing their training, they can work for fashion designers or corporations in various areas such as production, fashion marketing, design production management, fashion media, quality control, fashion accessories design, and brand promotion. In addition, they may also pursue careers as costume designers, fashion consultants, graphic designers, production pattern makers, fashion coordinators, and more. As a trainee, they can expect a starting salary of around 10-12 thousand. However, with experience and career progression, their earning potential can increase significantly to 30-35 thousand or more.

3. Hand Embroiderer: An Embroiderer’s job entails creating decorative designs on fabrics and other materials by hand, using needle and thread. Over the last few years, the popularity of handcrafts has resurfaced, and machines and hands now execute embroidery on clothes. Using coloured cotton or silk threads fitted onto a wooden round frame with materials such as cotton, georgette, silk, and chiffon, these craftsmen produce outstanding work. As a result, many prominent fashion designers such as Manish Malhotra, Anamika Khanna, and Tarun Tahilani have presented collections of traditional sarees with a contemporary twist of hand embroidery.

To explore career opportunities in this field, AMHSSC offers four courses designed to skill the youth. These courses include Hand Embroidery, Embroidery Machine Operator, Framer Computerized Embroidery Machine, and Hand Embroidery Addawala. Upon completing these courses, one can start their career as an embroiderer or an embroidery machine operator. With experience and skill development, one can progress to become a frame computerized embroidery machine operator or a hand embroidery addawala.

Career & Economic Outcome: As a hand embroiderer or embroidery machine operator, the average starting salary ranges from 10,000-15,000 per month. With time, skill development, and experience, one can earn up to 30,000-40,000 monthly. Those passionate about entrepreneurship can also establish their embroidery business, offering services such as custom embroidery designs and products. Overall, the embroidery industry presents a promising career path with numerous opportunities for growth and career progression.

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