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UKFT supports Burberry Centre for Manufacturing Excellence

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Feb '20
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The UK Fashion & Textile Association (UKFT) is supporting the new Burberry Centre for Manufacturing Excellence, launched yesterday in Castleford. UKFT has given training to trainers & team leaders at Burberry to deliver a formalised industrial sewing machinist development programme and providing practical techniques to expand skillset of sewing operatives.

“We have created some of our most iconic products in Castleford and Keighley in Yorkshire for over 100 years. We firmly believe in protecting artisanal skills, nurturing talent and investing in British fashion manufacturing through programmes including the Burberry Centre for Manufacturing Excellence, said Lise Edwards-Warrener, VP internal manufacturing, Burberry.

“Partnering with UKFT has been key in bringing this initiative to life and we are proud of the impact the programme is already having, and will continue to have, on our local community.”

“We are delighted to partner with this iconic British luxury brand, which is committed to manufacturing here in the UK. Improving the training skills on the factory floor is key to ensuring that our industry remains competitive against global competition,” said Celia Thornley, skills & training manager at UKFT.

UKFT is working to ensure the skills and productivity of people who work in our industry are of the highest level, in its role as the Sector Skills Body (SSB) for fashion and textiles in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The association is working with employers, training providers and other stakeholders to address the critical skills gaps in the UK fashion and textile industry, ensuring existing training is fit for purpose, as well as developing new routes into the sector.

UKFT is also about to embark on a three-year project to inspire young people across the UK to explore a career in fashion and textile manufacturing and highlight routes into jobs post-education.

Fibre2Fashion News Desk (PC)


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