The STAG blog features guest-edited posts on textile-based teaching and research activity, collaborations between colleges & universities and the textile industry, and skills-based issues and solutions. We welcome comments and debate on this blog and invite staff from second level, further and higher education institutions to join our STAG mailing list to receive our monthly e-zine.

If you are interested in submitting an article to be featured on the blog, please contact Sally Maidment, Education Engagement Co-ordinator at stsp@glasgowclyde.ac.uk.


Garment Technology Assistant wanted at Keela International

Job Title: Garment Technology Assistant

Location: Sales Office, Nasmyth Road, Southfield Ind Est, Glenrothes, KY6 2SD

Reports to: Sales Office Manager

Who we are

Keela was built on the foundation of IQT – Innovation, Quality, Technology and value for money. We pride ourselves on our approach to design and research, and constantly work to improve according to our three core beliefs – Innovation (IQT) Sustainability and Community. An outdoor clothing manufacturer and part of the Ardmel Automation Ltd Group working closely with our sister company Ilasco, providing clothing solutions to a variety of customers; including corporate, emergency services and the general public.

Who we’re looking for

The most important skills in this role are great communication and attention to detail, with a genuine enthusiasm for delivering the best possible service.

You don’t need to be an experienced Garment Technologist, but you’ll definitely need to bring brilliant industry knowledge either through experience or relevant qualification (HND or degree, enthusiasm, ambition, plus a passion innovation, technology environment and a passion or the outdoors. Most importantly, you’ll show a real commitment to technical garment development. The role will have engagements with Design, Production, Sales, and Technical department.


Here’s what you’d be doing

To assist both design department & production departments in the development of garments and production process

  1. To develop & assist in patterns and advise pattern makers on the development of new styles
  2. To have a sound knowledge of garment construction
  3. QC checking & audits both materials/trims and finished products
  4. Testing of materials/trims and finished products – in house, laboratory and real-life conditions
  5. Production assistance
  6. Produce the embroidery markers and placement instruction sheets for embroidery sub-contract company
  7. Assist in garment design from initial conception to finished trimmed product
  8. Design labels and badges
  9. To document garment specifications
  10. To review samples
  11. To ensure that we adhere to the design requirements outline in our ISO 9001 procedures manual
  12. Design adverts and point of sale material for Keela

For further details/application pack please contact: jobs@ardmel-group.co.uk


Exciting Career Opportunity with Macnaughton Holdings

Macnaughton Holdings are seeking to employ talented graduates in a development role in their company head office in Perth.  Please find further details below:


Macnaughton Holdings Ltd, a family business which has been manufacturing textile products in Scotland for over 230 years, has a vacancy at its head office in Perth for a QA technologist. Working as part of our production team this role will report directly to our Production Director.

With manufacturing facilities in Keith, Paisley and the Scottish Borders the role will involve interaction with production plants and suppliers. In addition the successful candidate would be expected to be heavily involved in the development of new ranges and product groups working with our design and development teams.

The successful candidate would possess excellent communication skills, IT literacy and competency, the ability to work in a  small and enthusiastic team, and the ability to work proactively on business improvement. Previous experience of working within a textile manufacturing environment would be an advantage but we are open to candidates who have textile knowledge and qualifications or candidates that want to start their career in joining an ambitious company intent on growth and business improvement.

For further details on the role, please contact: james@macnaughton-group.com



Into Industry comes to Dundee, 1 March

Book your free ticket now to attend Into Industry at DJCAD, University of Dundee from 4.30-6.30pm Wed 1 March.  We are delighted to be joined by technical textiles companies including Don & Low and Halley Stevensons, Uan Wool and Patterncutter UK, BeFab Be Creative textile digital printing specialists and Kalopsia micro-manufacturing experts.

Open to students, staff, teachers and senior phase pupils this is a unique opportunity to learn more about Scotland’s textiles industry in Tayside and Fife, explore your skills and learn how they fit. Tickets are limited, so book yours: https://goo.gl/EizGkS

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Circular Transmission Conference: IKEA/ZWS/ECA Paper by Shirley McLauchlan



The 2 aims of this project was to investigate the possibility of using redundant textile material as a new source to design with, and to engage a group of textile students with sustainability and the circular economy.

This practical project will encourage students to ‘test’ out contemporary theories in relation to sustainability and textiles. The project aims to turn textile material with no commercial value into products that have a commercial value.

KEYWORDS: Textiles; Circular Economy; Surplus; Sustainability; Commercial; Knowledge exchange; Resources.

Download full paper >> ikea_zws_eca


IKEA – Sofie Rogers – Sustainability Regional Leader North

ZWS – Lynn Wilson – Key accounts manager

ECA Shirley Mclauchlan – Senior Lecturer textile department

ETC 3rd year textile students ECA

A practical project exploring The CE (Circular Economy) /Sustainability and what to do with surplus textile material.

Download full paper >> ikea_zws_eca

tensARC recruiting experienced machinists

tensARC are looking for motivated individuals who are prepared to work hard, strive to be the best they can be, can perform under their own initiative but enjoy working as part of a team. For this role you should be an experienced sewing machinist, take pride in creating high quality products and have a good eye for detail. As part of the production team you will also be involved in the quality control inspections and packing and presentation of the final items.

Their customers love the fit, function and quality of our products. They love the work that goes into creating them and are looking for people who want to come and join them to help grow this part of their business.

The starting salary, with suitable experience, is £15,210 for a 37.5 hr week (£7.80 per hour). Benefits include a fun working environment, 30 days holiday, company pension, group annual bonus, an early finish on a Friday and the opportunity to enhance and showcase your skills.

In addition to on the job training by highly qualified staff you will be able to undertake an MA level 2 or 3 in Fashion and Textiles Heritage – The course is broken down in to modules, the modules are a mixture of general requirements for this industry and the specific skills required for this position. The course is work place assessed, fully funded and typically takes 18-24 months to complete.

pitman-photo-3About tensARC:

tensARC is fundamentally a design company and everything we design, engineer and make is tailored to the exact requirements of each customer (large or small). This is a premium brand with a premium solution – with the fabric and all components having been developed in-house to best meet the technical requirements of each application. We work very closely with each customer to deliver a service that matches their need and exceeds their expectations. InShade is our new flagship product, it is innovative and is already creating a lot of interest in the industry. In order to meet increased demand we have invested in a dedicated production line using state of the art equipment including a laser cutting table with a moving conveyor table bed and direct off the roll feed that can quickly and accurately cut individual fabric patterns directly from our computer design files. All of our sewing machines are new, the best available and in some cases have been customised specifically for each task to ensure the best possible quality and consistency.

  • Please send your CV or a letter outlining your experience by email to paul@tensarc.co.uk and the phrase Modern Apprenticeship in the title.
  • Looking for starts in Jan/Feb 17


Entrepreneurship in College Contexts

Check out this presentation by Carol Langston, Head of CREATE delivered at a recent College Development Network webinar, to demystify what entrepreneurship means within a further education context.  The presentation provides clarity, inspiration and useful links to other resources and support agencies that can help you embed entrepreneurial skills for life and work in your teaching.

Access presentation >>  finalcarollangstonpresentation_cdnenterprise3nov2016

CREATE inspires, encourages and supports students, staff and the business community to develop the knowledge, skills and motivation needed to realise their potential through enterprise. Visit www.createhighland.com to learn more.

COLLEGE DEVELOPMENT NETWORK offer a series of events and training opportunities to staff in Scottish Colleges, visit www.collegedevelopmentnetwork.ac.uk to learn more about what training may be useful for your professional development.

Future Skills Summit 4 Oct 16


Event Aim: To explore opportunities for collaboration between the Scottish textiles industry and the FE/HE education sector to drive leadership and skills development

STAG invites industry professionals working in textiles, leather or fashion sectors in Scotland, Further & Higher Education professionals and public sector partner agencies to join the conversation at the Textiles Future Skills Summit.

9.45am – 4.00pm, Tuesday 4 October, Reid Building, Glasgow School of Art


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