Sponsored Pattern Making Qualification Opportunity in Clothing Industry.

October 2021 – August 2022

Training held at Sewafrica College 109 Pritchard Street, Johannesburg only.

Application does not guarantee admission.

The F, P & M SETA has determined Pattern Making to be a scarce skill within the clothing industry. As such they have sponsored a Pattern Making Qualification for candidates who can currently sew but want to up grade their skills to include pattern making.


  • – Maths and English at Grade 11 level,
  • – Must be able to sew on domestic or industrial sewing machine.
  • – Commitment to attend classes October 2021 to August 2022,
  • – South African Citizen or work/study visa valid until August 2022,
  • – Experience in the clothing industry an advantage.


  •  – Email CV with id, school report and relevant certificates to
  •  – If you meet the entrance criteria we will email you, informing you of the next step.
  •  – Potential candidates will be required to attend a numeracy, literacy and sewing assessment to confirm readiness
  •  – Interviews will be conducted following the successful completion of the practical assessments.





National Certificate: Clothing, Textile, Footwear and Leather Manufacturing Processes 





National Certificate: Clothing, Textile, Footwear and Leather Manufacturing Processes 


SGB Clothing, Textiles, Footwear and Leather 



FPMSETA – Fibre Processing and Manufacturing Sector Education and Training Authority 

OQSF – Occupational Qualifications Sub-framework 




National Certificate 

Field 06 – Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology 

Manufacturing and Assembly 








Level 2 

NQF Level 02 

Regular-Unit Stds Based 







This qualification will equip the learner with the skills, knowledge and values to participate effectively in workplace activities within the Clothing, Textile, Footwear and Leather (CTFL) manufacturing industries. Learners achieving this qualification will be able to contribute to CTFL manufacturing processes by:

·  Monitoring the manufacturing/production process and the quality of production.

·  Understanding their role in the business, i.e. in production and related activities.

·  Understanding how they are affected by legislation, regulations, agreements and policies related to their particular work environment.

·  Perform simple to complex manufacturing / production operations as stipulated.

Qualifying learners will also be able to relate what they see and experience to scientific and technological principles and concepts. They will also understand how they should operate within the systems which govern their workplace. What learners achieve through this qualification will also serve as a basis for further learning where they will engage more directly in the production process.

The skills, knowledge and values demonstrated within this qualification will ensure that workers and new entrants will acquire relevant skills and knowledge required by a fast-changing sector essential for economic growth within the CTFL manufacturing environment by allowing learners who are active in the industry to gain recognition for the skills and knowledge they have acquired without having to go through a formal apprenticeship process. Small CTFL manufacturing enterprises would also be ideal vehicles for Black Economic Empowerment.


The National Certificate in CTFL Manufacturing Processes: NQF Level 2 is designed to meet the needs of learners who are involved in manufacturing processes in the clothing, footwear and leather industry in South Africa. This qualification replaces a number of legacy qualifications for the various sectors, thus resulting in a re-conceptualised generic manufacturing qualification incorporating new skills and knowledge for the various manufacturing processes.

This qualification provides the learner with accessibility and a developmental pathway to be employed for the full range related to manufacturing processes and provides the flexibility in that learners accessing this qualification may move into the already registered level 3,4 and 5 qualifications in CTFL Mechanician Processes.

Further career development after NQF Level 5 would be based on choices relating to the learner’s aspirations:

·  Entrepreneurial activities (starting own business).

·  General or technical management.

·  Quality management.

·  Conceptual design of manufactured clothing, textile, footwear and leather products.

·  Advanced technology.

CTFL manufacturing processes have to respond to a wide variety of exacting customer and consumer requirements. In addition, the industries have to respond to safety and environmental issues and the ongoing development of new products as a result of changing customer needs.

This qualification is structured in such a way that it gives learners exposure to a broad set of core competencies. This qualification will allow for competence in the learners’ current work environment or chosen future work environment.

This qualification will help prepare learners for employment and further education or training. The qualification will introduce the skills, knowledge and understanding needed by those considering a career in the CTFL industry.

This qualification series recognises skills, knowledge and values relevant to a workplace.

This qualification will allow a learner to obtain a nationally recognised qualification in CTFL manufacturing processes by engaging actively in CTFL manufacturing processes. It will assist with attracting and retaining quality learners who attend courses and then apply the knowledge gained to activities in the workplace (portfolio to reflect formative assessment), learners who participate in skills programmes and have the appropriate work experience or learners who are part of a learnership programme which integrates structured learning and work experience. This qualification will provide for the recognition of prior learning by allowing learners to obtain credits for knowledge and skills that they already possess and so obtain the qualification in whole or in part through such recognition.

The qualification supports the objectives of the National Qualifications Framework in the following ways:

·  It provides for progression from the level 2 qualification to the level 3 qualification. It gives the opportunity for learners to obtain official recognition for knowledge and skills that they possess in CTFL manufacturing processes and the awarding of an officially recognised qualification.

·  The provision that the qualification may be obtained through recognition of prior learning facilitates access to an education, training and career path in clothing manufacturing processes, and thus accelerates the redress of past unfair discrimination in education, training and employment opportunities.

·  The inclusion of the specified unit standards in the fundamental and core categories contributes to the full personal development of each learner and the social and economic development of the nation at large.

This qualification describes the skills and knowledge required in a generic manner so that the changing needs of particular work sites can be met without requiring changes to the qualification or the unit standards. This qualification can be obtained in the following contexts:

·  Clothing:

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Typical learners would be new entrants to the industry. Once qualified, they would typically tend to the clothing, textile, footwear and leather manufacturing processes, and to perform tasks under the direction of a more skilled person. In some instances this role represents a full-time position in the organisation; in other instances this is simply a stage in occupational development.

The outcomes of this qualification combine skills and knowledge in the technical, inter-personal and business spheres, enabling the learner to perform the operational aspects of the work, function within a team context and contribute to value-adding processes in the business.

The value of the occupation will benefit society and the economy. The CTFL manufacturing industries are essential to the supply of a wide range of processed and manufactured products to the consumer. These industries are also vital to the country’s export markets.

This qualification will contribute to the full development of the learner by providing recognition for skills and knowledge achieved, thereby forming the basis of further advancement in the occupation and further mobility and portability across the various sectors of the clothing, textile, footwear and leather manufacturing industries. 


1. Work effectively with others, understand own role in the organisation and understand the purpose of the organisation in the economy of the country.

2. Demonstrate an understanding of the production process, materials and the quality requirements and recognise changes in the production process, which will affect safety, health, quality or efficiency and respond to them.

3. Demonstrate an understanding of the use of appropriate machinery, tools and equipment, to make simple changes to machinery, tools and equipment ensuring compliance with regard to safety and safe work practices. 










Demonstrate an understanding of materials used and produced in CTFL manufacturing processes 

Level 2 





Demonstrate an understanding of productivity requirements 

Level 2 





Demonstrate an understanding of quality procedures and practices 

Level 2 





Demonstrate an understanding of the regulatory occupational safety, health and environmental practices 

Level 2 





Demonstrate an understanding of the structure of the CTFL industries 

Level 2 




Access and use information from texts 

Level 2 




Apply basic knowledge of statistics and probability to influence the use of data and procedures in order to investigate life related problems 

Level 2 




Demonstrate understanding of rational and irrational numbers and number systems 

Level 2 




Maintain and adapt oral/signed communication 

Level 2 




Measure, estimate and calculate physical quantities and explore, describe and represent geometrical relationships in 2-dimensions in different life or workplace contexts 

Level 2 




Use language and communication in occupational learning programmes 

Level 2 




Use mathematics to investigate and monitor the financial aspects of personal and community life 

Level 2 




Work with a range of patterns and functions and solve problems 

Level 2 




Write/present for a defined context 

Level 2 





Level 2 







SEWAFRICA is accredited by the F,P & M SETA, Services SETA, CATHS SETA and the QCTO Quality Council Trades and Occupations. The full time college runs Offers the CATHS SETA’s qualifications and the Outreach Programme incorporates courses / learnerships from the F,P & M SETA and Services SETA



  • •  National Certificate: Craft Production Fashion Focus (CATHSSETA)
  • •  General Education and Training Certificate Business Practice Level 1 (Services SETA)
  • •  General Education and Training Certificate Clothing Manufacturing Processes Level 1 (F, P & M SETA)
  • •  National Certificate Clothing Manufacturing Processes Level 2 (F, P & M SETA)



SEWAFRICA was awarded three Department of Labour contracts in 2001, four contracts for 2002 and eight contracts 2003.  The aim of these training programmes is the upgrading of basic sewing and business skills of underemployed women and disabled people involved in small and micro businesses in the garment industry in the inner city of Johannesburg.

  • •  In 2003 SEWAFRICA was awarded accreditation from the CTFL SETA, making SEWAFRICA one of the first accredited service providers in Gauteng.

  • •  In 2004, we were awarded the contract to pilot the CTFL Seta SMME Cluster Training Project in Gauteng in the formal clothing sector and offered courses ranging from Self Development, Financial Management, Supervisor Development, Quality Assurance, Production to Management Workshops.

  • •  In 2005 we completed a level 6 Product Development Practice (Fashion Focus) Learnership through the MAPPP SETA and Create SA and were commissioned by the Economic Development Unit to run a training programme with the cushion makers operating from the pavements of Johannesburg City resulting in the presentation of a sustainable development solution for the City of Johannesburg’s consideration with respect to the cushion makers.

  • •  In 2005 SEWAFRICA was nominated for the Homegrown Awards Bridge Builder of the Year Award for the work done in training and designer development.

  • •  In 2006 SEWAFRICA was the training provider for a level 2 Clothing Manufacturing learnership for disabled learners in Mofolo Park, SOWETO and Sophiatown, this programme includes components of numeracy and literacy. In addition, SEWAFRICA provided sewing and soft furnishing training to communities in Rorkes Drift in the Msinga Muncipality as part of a Skills Development Poverty Alleviation project.

  • •  In the same year we completed training in the Sterkspruit area as part of the NMMU Community Outreach Project for sewing groups where twenty four candidates were trained in basic sewing.

  • •  In July 2006 SEWAFRICA was awarded a New Venture Creation Learnership. The learnership was targeted at graduates from crafts/fashion skills based learnerships. The purpose of the learnership was to ensure that the graduates have the opportunity to set up and run their own businesses within a controlled and mentored environment, the learnership was completed in November of 2007.

  • •  In 2007 SEWAFRICA completed training of 12 candidates in an initiative run by Region 9 Social Development, training candidates in school wear and tracksuits.

  • •  In 2008 SEWAFRICA was accredited as one of two host training providers for the CTFL Seta in Gauteng. In addition SEWAFRICA was accredited to present the City and Guilds International Diploma in Fashion.

  • •  In 2009 SEWAFRICA was awarded a CTFL Learnership with JAFF & Co in Kimberley with 28 learners and SEWAFRICA ran a SMME project for CTFL SETA for 200 candidates covering machine maintenance, supervisor skills and life skills for employees of manufacturers in the sector.

  • •  In 2010 SEWAFRICA completed a series of five training courses over 7 months for the Department of Labour, providing training for members of a sewing co-op in Sharpeville. Courses included machine maintenance, sewing, school uniforms, tracksuits and pattern making.

  • •  In 2010, 500 learners participated in a project management level 4 programme where SEWAFRICA utilized teachers from communities to present the programme across 23 schools in the country.

  • •  In 2011, 197 students in Giyani completed a Marketing Level 4 Qualification through Rixaka and ATASA as part of a vision to increase employment opportunities in the community.

  • •  A further 110 students completed a Hygiene and Cleaning Learnership and 127 students completed a Business Practice Learnership in Ilembe, Natal. The students were placed in workplace environments and many started their own businesses as part of the greater vision to involve communities in tourist initiatives in their local communities.

  • •  In 2012, 109 people with learning disabilities completed a level 1 Business Practice Qualification, 20 of the learners were based at SEWAFRICA and completed their workplace experience under our guidance. 65% of the learners were employed after the learnership and are currently still employed contributing financially to their families.

  • •  In addition SEWAFRICA was involved in a learnership of 20 learners at Delswa in Kimberley. These students completed all the requirements for the General Education and Training Certificate in Clothing Manufacturing Level 2.

  • •  In 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 SEWAFRICA has run New Venture Creation Learnership in the studio hub, encouraging 70 fashion design graduates over the four years to start up and run their own businesses in a secure incubator.

  • •  In 2015 SEWAFRICA ran  Business Practice Learnership for 30 learners and a Manufacturing Processes level 1 Learnership for 15 learners at MC Kharbai School for the Deaf

  • •  In 2016 SEWAFRICA is running a Clothing Manufacturing Processes Learnership for 25 Parents of disabled children

  • •  In addition SEWAFRICA is the training provider for a Sparrow Schools BEE initiative that places learners with disabilities on the Business Administration level 2 learnership and places graduates in workplaces across Johannesburg.

  • •  In 2016 SEWAFRICA ran a joint project in collaboration with Edcon, Department of Social Development and Designers Without Borders. 36 women from shelters across Gauteng were provided with basic and intermediate sewing skills. The project provided all machinery and equipment that candidates took with them when they completed the course. 

  • In 2017 SEWAFRICA ran a joint project in collaboration with Edcon, Department of Social Development and Designers Without Borders. 48 women from shelters across Kwa Zulu Natal were provided with basic and intermediate sewing skills. The project provided all machinery and equipment that candidates took with them when they completed the course. 
  • •  In 2017 SEWAFRICA completed  a learnership for 27 youth with visions to enter the clothing industry.

  • •  In 2018 SEWAFRICA ran a Young Fashion Entrepreneurial Leadership Conference to celebrate Mandela’s Centenary

  •   In 2018 SEWAFRICA ran a joint project in collaboration with Edcon, Department of Social Development and Designers Without Borders. 100 women from shelters across the country were provided with basic sewing skills. The project formed part of the Mandela Centenary celebrations.
  •   In 2018 SEWAFRICA ran a joint project in collaboration with Edcon, Department of Social Development and Designers Without Borders. 42 women from shelters across Western Cape were provided with basic and intermediate sewing skills. The project provided all machinery and equipment that candidates took with them when they completed the course.
  •   In 2019 and 2020 SEWAFRICA is running a two Clothing Manufacturing Process Level 1 Learnerships for Youth and Women
  • •  In 2019 SEWAFRICA ran a joint project in collaboration with Edcon, Department of Social Development and Designers Without Borders. 46 women from shelters across Western Cape were provided with basic and intermediate sewing skills. The project provided all machinery and equipment that candidates took with them when they completed the course.
  • •  In 2020 SEWAFRICA ran a joint project in collaboration with Edcon, Department of Social Development and Designers Without Borders. 46 women from shelters across Eastern Cape were provided with basic and intermediate sewing skills. The project provided all machinery and equipment that candidates took with them when they completed the course.