Camira Fabrics Limited (Holmfirth Dyers)

Apprentice Laboratory Technician and Technical Dyer/Colourist – Camira Fabrics Limited (Holmfirth Dyers)

The broad purpose of the role is to produce highly specialised dyes and colours, and to provide dye and colour chemistry in the production of textiles, apparel, upholstery and fashion fabrics.

Reference number: VAC1000158531


Wage – £12,500 per annum
Duration – 29 months
Start date – 03 July 2023 or sooner
Posted – 27/04/2023

Working Week:

Shifts and times to be confirmed. Total hours per week: 37 hours a week.

Apprenticeship level




What will the apprentice be doing?

  • Create and monitor dye profiles for batch production and batch reporting, ensuring that appropriate decision making to tackle fault or quality issues is effectively undertaken
  • Understand dyeing chemistry best robust dyeing receipts in line with quality requirements, reliability and ecology
  • Perform effectively within a team environment and build strong positive working relationships with internal and external customers, colleagues, stakeholders and suppliers to ensure the mission and the ethos of the company is maintained
  • Understand data colour spectrophotometer and build on versional perception and date colour
  • Ability to scale up production from lab to production floor
  • Identify and formulate problem solving technical problems associated with errors or critical failures within the coloration industry
  • Carry out technical dye profiling for batch production, batch reporting analytics and problem solving/decision making to tackle fault or quality issues
  • Use pressure (jet) and atmospheric dyeing techniques and machinery to produce dyed fibres, yarns and fabrics including jig/winch, loose stock, vat, hank, yarn and top dyeing variations
  • Identify types of dye process needed to ascertain variations and differences of natural and man-made fibres, such as polyesters, wools, cottons and nylons
  • Maintain atmospheric and pressure dyeing systems, ensuring that presses, hoists and dispensary equipment including effluent control are managed and maintained, machinery utilisation is maximised, and downtime minimised through effective maintenance
  • Scrutinise the impact of environment science on dyeing and colouration processes and manage treatments that impact on the environment (such as spillage, effluent leakage, process controlling, implication and remedial activity)
  • Use relevant ICT systems and machinery such as flow control, valve pressure, valve opening machines and spectrometers to determine the correct dye colour

What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?

Level 3 Laboratory Technician Apprenticeship Standard.

1 day per week in college, at Kirklees College, Waterfront Centre in Huddersfield.

You will complete an End Point Assessment this will involve the following:

  • Knowledge test
  • Observation with questioning
  • An interview

Where an apprentice has not already achieved Level 2 English and maths, they must do so before taking the end-point assessment.

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

After successful completetion of the appreticeship, the apprentice will be consider for a full time/permanent position.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Problem solving skills
Analytical skills
Team working
Interest in science
Interest in colour


GCSE or equivalent English, maths and science (Grade 4/C or above) desirable

About the employer

Camira Fabrics Limited (Holmfirth Dyers)

Holmfirth Dyers, Ribbleden Dye Works, Dunford Road, Holmfirth HD9 2DP
Camira Fabrics is a global business, employing over 600 people, producing fabrics ‘for spaces and places from offices to universities, hotels to hospitals, for buses to trains’.

Closing date: 31 May 2023