High hopes for the future at Meet the Manufacturer

Having gained a lot of insight from the fantastic event last year, it was a pleasure to once again to attend Meet the Manufacture.  The strong conference and workshop line-up was very thought provoking with a large number of topics and subjects concerning UK fashion and textiles manufacturing covered. In many ways, it felt as … More High hopes for the future at Meet the Manufacturer

Drapers and Fashion United vacancy rates see weekly falls

Both Drapers and Fashion United saw online advertisements for vacancies fall in the week to Friday 20th May although longer-term trends look more positive. Drapers Drapers advertised 1,996 vacancies online.  This was down 60 on the previous week although over the longer term 121 vacancies more than four weeks before. In terms of roles advertised … More Drapers and Fashion United vacancy rates see weekly falls

Challenges ahead but things looking good for UK fashion and textiles manufacturing – A review of ASCBI spring conference

It was a pleasure to attend the ASCBI conference last Tuesday on the topic of “The reality of UK manufacturing: is it a sustainable option?” With a variety of speakers covering different aspects of the industry (many of whom offered a very personal and fascinating perspective), the consensus was one where businesses were once again … More Challenges ahead but things looking good for UK fashion and textiles manufacturing – A review of ASCBI spring conference

Latest GSCE Textile Technology entries show a continued decline in participation

With the improving performance of the UK fashion and textiles manufacturing sector, an increasing number of opportunities are presenting themselves.  A number of recent reports have illustrated the wide-ranging and immediate recruitment needs of fashion and textiles manufacturers, needs that are becoming increasingly acute and acerbated by an ageing workforce with the retirement of skilled … More Latest GSCE Textile Technology entries show a continued decline in participation

40 new apprenticeship starts in England in the quarter to Jan 2016

Latest figures published by the Skills Funding Agency shows there were 40 starts onto the Fashion and Textiles Apprenticeship between November 2015 and January this year to make it 120 starts in the first half of the academic year. Figure 1: Apprenticeship starts in England (2015/16 figures first half of the academic year) Source: Skills … More 40 new apprenticeship starts in England in the quarter to Jan 2016

Fashioning the Future: Apprenticeship numbers in England climb to a record high

Provisional full year figures published by the Skills Funding Agency show that apprenticeship starts on the Fashion and Textiles Apprenticeship in the 2014/15 academic year in England have flourished. 260 new starters were recorded on the Apprenticeship in this period, an increase of 65 per cent on 2013/14 figures when 170 were registered. These numbers … More Fashioning the Future: Apprenticeship numbers in England climb to a record high