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Skills Development

As the Government appointed Sector Skills Body for fashion and textiles in all four nations we work with employers, education providers and other stakeholders to raise the skills and productivity of the people who work in the UK fashion & textile industry.

We look after skills and training at all levels from apprenticeships and entry level training through to higher education, encouraging people into the wide variety of jobs across the sector. Our remit covers everything including fashion and footwear manufacturing, dyeing and weaving, leather work, pattern cutting, bespoke tailoring and design and development roles.

We work with companies of all sizes from the industry’s biggest global brands through to micro businesses and start-ups to support the next generation of talent. Our work includes promoting careers in the industry, developing new vocational and academic routes in, industry quality assurance, creating quality internship opportunities and supporting the growth of good quality training provision.

Scottish Apprenticeship Provision

The Modern Apprenticeship helps employees develop the skills and knowledge they need to work in the fashion and textiles sector. With different levels available, it can be used as an entry point or progression route for employees. The SCQF level 5 qualification has an emphasis on skills that support the production of ‘heritage goods’. Level 6-7 focuses on the production skills used in fashion and textiles sub-sectors, and is suitable for employees in roles such as weaver, knitter, sewing machinist and technologist, designer, and laundry/dry-cleaning worker.

Modern Apprenticeship in Fashion and Textiles Heritage Level 5

You can study one of the following routes:

  • Leather Production and Manufacturing
  • Textiles/Technical Textiles
  • Textile Care Services

Modern Apprenticeship in Fashion and Textiles Heritage Level 6-7

You can study one of the following routes:

  • Leather Manufacture at SCQF Level 7
  • Manufacturing Textile Products at SCQF Level 7
  • Kilt Making at SCQF Level 6

For full details please click here.

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