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




PR & Marketing Resources

Thanks to Lucia at Bridge2Business and Michelle at Elevator for sharing their presentations from the Presenting the Best of You Masterclass at NESCol on 9 March.

Lucia’s presentation outlines the support Bridge2Business can offer students:

Bridge 2 Business Presentation

Michelle’s presentation outlines how to make social media work for you in business:

Prezi Presentation

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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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


ZWS Lecture 2, 6.30pm 15 Feb, ECA


The next ZWS evening lecture Does the circular economy spell the end of fashion? with Mark Shayler takes place on 15 February at 6.30pm, ECA, Edinburgh. The event is free but ticketed.


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Limited funding is available to STAG institutions as a contribution towards students’ travel costs where the cost is a barrier to those students being able to access the lecture. To be eligible, a minimum of 6 students (accompanied by a staff member) must travel together by public transport or private coach hire. The college/university must pay for the travel and claim the cost back from STAG. STAG cannot reimburse individual student’s costs. Subject to prior agreement, STAG will make a maximum contribution of up to 50% of agreed costs, up to a maximum of £250 per institution.  Please contact Sally stsp@glasgowclyde.ac.uk if you wish to access funding.

ZWS Masterclass Programme and Student Lecture Series 2015/16


Zero Waste Scotland is delivering a programme of Masterclasses and student lectures which will run from November 2015 – May 2016.

The draft programme comprises:  

  • Introduction to Circular Economy Textiles – November 2015
  • Design for Disassembly – November 2015
  • Zero Waste Pattern Design – January 2016
  • Fibre processing – February 2016
  • Technologies in dyeing and printing – February/March 2016

Places on the Masterclasses are limited and an application process will be put in place. In the meantime, expressions of interest may be submitted to Lynn Wilson at Lynn.wilson@zerowastescotland.org.  Interested parties will be put on a waiting list and application forms sent out when they are available.  Please note that these Masterclasses will be open to academic staff and post graduate students with industry experience. Undergraduate students will only be considered if they can demonstrate extensive industry experience prior to study.

The Masterclass programme will be supported by a series of public lectures on the same topic areas. These events will be open to a wider audience including students. Further details will follow.

Textile/design students sought for part time work experience, Summer 2015

Based in Kirriemuir, Angus, Uan Wool are offering work experience to students in manufacturing hand crafted wool bedding products. Join the ‘wool geeks’ and learn innovative ways of combining natural materials with handcrafting skills to produce wool-based products. For further information visit http://www.uanwool.co.uk, or to apply please email Sara at hello@uanwool.co.uk.

Download PDF: WorkExperience_UANWool15