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Colouration Trainee - Paid salary - Cambridge

Report To: Dyehouse Manager 

Location: Cambridge, UK 

Salary: £15,500

(increasing to £16k after 6 months and successful performance, subsequent increases based on qualifications achieved)

Hours: 40 hours per week including training and studying

Duration: 12 months minimum

Expected start date: Between June-August 2021


Colorifix is developing a revolutionary dyeing process to help the multibillion-pound textile industry dramatically reduce its environmental impact. Inspired by nature and engineered through cutting-edge synthetic biology, this process entirely cuts out the use of harsh chemicals and leads to huge reductions in water and energy consumption. Colorifix is working with major brands and dye houses around the world in a collective effort to turn one of the most environmentally harmful industries into one of the most sustainable. To learn more, watch The Future of Fashion: Colorifix.


We are looking for an enthusiastic, motivated Colouration Trainee for our pilot plant in Cambridge. The trainee will gain practical experience of operating a dye house, become an expert in our unique, biology-based dye process, as well as follow an education path leading to a recognised qualification in the textile industry. The trainee will work on-site at our Cambridge Dye House with day release to complete the Foundation Textile Colouration Certificate (1-year course) through the Society of Dyers & Colourists (SDC).

Colorifix is proud to be working with the SDC as our training provider. The SDC is the U.K.’s leading educational organisation offering courses and qualifications in colour, especially in textiles. It is also a global membership organisation and a centre for networking and community engagement. The SDC’s training and resources provide the opportunity for lifelong career development for those working with colour.

Future prospects

After the 12-month traineeship, the candidate will have the opportunity to continue working in the dye house while progressing to the next levels of qualification:

  • Textile Colouration Certificate (2-year course)
  • Associate of the SDC certification (3-year course)

If completed, over six years, the trainee will become an Associate of the Society of Dyers & Colourists— an internationally recognised professional qualification equivalent to a U.K. bachelor’s degree.


  • Following and learning the operation (control of equipment and systems) 
  • Material preparation for processing 
  • Cross train on all machines for maximum flexibility 
  • Follow all health and safety rules and regulations 
  • Monitor inventory of dyehouse materials 
  • Carry out machine operations following the production plan in a timely manner
  • Maintain cleanliness and operation of all the machines in the production area

Skills & Experience

  • Educated to A-Level
  • Interest in and awareness of environmental sustainability
  • Good colour acuity/recognition
  • Enthusiasm for being part of a team
  • A desire to continue education with an alternative route to degree level

Personal Qualities

  • An open and friendly personality that works well in a team
  • Good communication and organisational skills
  • Self-motivation and pride in their work
  • Willingness to learn new processes and skills
  • Adaptable to new situations and new ways of working
  • Good attention to detail

About us

Our team of 30 is primarily based in Norwich, but we are also in London, Cambridge, and Portugal. We come from diverse professional backgrounds (science, academia, textiles, fashion, informatics, business, and more) and even more diverse personal backgrounds. Yet we share a deep respect for the well-being of nature and human beings, and a drive to create real change in an industry that is currently harmful to both. 

Our values

● Trust: we create trust through respectful and transparent communication even when the message is hard.

● Environmental Stewardship: we prioritize our positive impact on the environment equally to our revenue opportunities the decisions we make.

● Well-being: we strive for balance between working hard and enjoying life in support of a healthy mind, body and soul

● Sustainability: we adopt circularity whenever possible to challenge the status quo and establish continuous positive impact for all our stakeholders.

● Innovation: we dedicate ourselves to making things better by taking calculated risks that become learning opportunities.

Learn more






Unfortunately we cannot sponsor a visa for this position. Please only apply if you already have the right to work in the U.K.

Please submit your CV and cover letter by clicking 'Apply' now. Please include the job title in the subject line. In your cover letter, tell us why you’re interested in the role and why you think you’d be a good fit. For guidance, refer specifically to the skills, experience, and personal qualities outlined in the job description.

Colorifix is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

Colouration Trainee - Paid salary - Cambridge

Cambridge, UK
Jobs, Full Time
££15,000 - £20,000

Published on 8 Apr 2021

Deadline 8 May 2021

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