Centre of Excellence in Textiles to be created within town’s high school

Friday January 11th, 2019

A Centre of Excellence in Textiles which will help address business critical skills issues in the textiles and knitwear sector will be established in Hawick High School in early 2019.scottishgovernment_logo

The project has been awarded £610,000 from the Scottish Government via the South of Scotland Economic Partnership last year.

Project partners:

Skills Development Scotland
Scottish Enterprise
Scottish Development International
Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)
Local textile and knitwear manufacturing businesses are also integral to the project.

Textiles and knitwear training
As well as training a new workforce, the centre will also provide training to the town’s current textiles and knitwear workforce, with upskilling opportunities as well as advancing leadership and management skills.

Apply for training
The first intake of trainees is currently being sought through the following partners:

  • Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)
  • Local Developing the Young Workforce group
  • Hawick High School
  • Local employers

Councillor Mark Rowley, Executive Member for Business and Economic Development said:
Creating the new centre in the town’s high school is an important step in making closer links between the education of the young people of Hawick and the surrounding area and a thriving business sector which is in need of skilled employees.

“The Centre of Excellence will provide industry skills of all levels, from hand-finishing to business and sales, and for a wide range of people, including school leavers, the long term unemployed and those who used to work in the industry.

“It is absolutely clear that the growth of the industry in the town, and potential inward investment, is reliant on skilled individuals being available. The creation of the centre in the school is a unique opportunity and there are a number of future opportunities that can be exploited by establishing close links between the school and the Centre of Excellence. This is just the start of meeting a large and recognised need and could grow further.”

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