The current funding package for skills development support for the textiles sector (delivered by the Scottish Textiles Skills Partnership) comes to an end in July 2017. Working with its partners and the funding bodies, the STLA is contributing to the development of a new Skills Action Plan for 2017-20. As part of this process, it is critical that we gather the views of the industry to inform and shape this new Plan.
With increasing competition for an ever decreasing funding resource, we need to make sure that the textile sector has a strong voice and that we can provide robust evidence of industry need. We are therefore asking for your support to ensure that the new Skills Action Plan accurately reflects the needs of the sector.
We have scheduled a programme of Regional Industry meetings as an opportunity to share some of the achievements from the current project but more importantly to discuss the key skills challenges which should be included in the new Plan.
These meetings will take place as follows:
Glasgow – 10.30am, 23 November, Glasgow Clyde College (Cardonald Campus)
Inverness – 11am, 29 November, Highlands & Islands Enterprise office
Hawick – 11am, 2 December, Borders Textile Towerhouse
For more information and to register your attendance please visit: www.textileskills.com/employerconsultations
We will also shortly be issuing an Employer Skills Survey. This comprehensive review of the skill needs of the fashion, textile and leather industry in Scotland will gather robust evidence which will:
- build a profile of the current and future workforce
- reflect sectoral changes since the last industry survey was undertaken in 2013
- identify the key skill challenges facing the sector now and over the next 3-5 years
The information you provide is critical to helping us shape the development of the new Skills Action Plan for the textiles and leather industry in Scotland which will place the skill needs of industry at its very core.
The Skills Action Plan will then be put forward to the relevant Scottish Government agencies to secure the funding necessary to deliver the skills and workforce development interventions we as an industry need to create a world class workforce.
If you require any further information please contact Fiona Kennedy at FKennedy@glasgowclyde.ac.uk