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Textile spinner Spinning frame operator, yarn weaver

Textile spinners operate machinery that spins wool and other fibres into yarns and threads.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £14,000 to £20,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 35 to 40 per week

1. Entry requirements

There are no set entry requirements, but experience in textiles production would be helpful. Training is often given on the job.

You could get into this job through a manufacturing or textiles apprenticeship.

Creative Skillset has more information about working in this industry.

2. Skills required

You’ll need:

  • attention to detail
  • practical skills
  • the ability to work quickly

3. What you'll do

Your day-to-day duties may include: 

  • setting up equipment controls
  • loading machines or spinning frames with textile bobbins
  • monitoring machinery during production
  • checking product quality
  • replacing or repairing broken threads
  • carrying out basic maintenance

4. Salary

Starter: £14,000 to £17,000

Experienced: £18,000 to £20,000 (supervisor)

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You’ll usually work between 35 and 40 hours a week, often on shifts.

You’ll be based in a textiles workshop or factory. The machinery will be noisy but your employer will give you safety equipment like ear protectors.

6. Career path and progression

With experience and further training, you could become a workshop supervisor or machinery maintenance technician.

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Last updated: 14 December 2016