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:

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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

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 to learn more.

COLLEGE DEVELOPMENT NETWORK offer a series of events and training opportunities to staff in Scottish Colleges, visit 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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Scottish Textiles Industry Showcase & MA Awards


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The Scottish Textiles industry has celebrated the achievement of apprentices and their host companies at the inaugural Scottish Textiles Modern Apprenticeship Awards held at Perth Racecourse.

The Awards, managed by the Scottish Textiles Skills Partnership and sponsored by Glasgow Clyde College, West College Scotland, Alex Begg and Co, Scottish Leather Group, SQA and The Worshipful Company of Weavers, recognised how apprenticeships have made a difference to businesses and careers in Scotland.

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Apprentice Dylan Murray, Apprentice Champion John Ayton & HR Manager Callum McInnes of SLG share their experiences with other companies 

The Awards recognised employers who have fostered new talent by investing in apprenticeships and individual apprentices who have made a significant contribution to their place of work.

Award winners were announced at an industry event at Perth Racecourse that explored the implementation and impact of the Modern Apprenticeship Programme on a range of companies from diverse sectors in textiles.

Congratulations to the winners:

Among those who have benefitted from the programme is Bruce Easton, winner of the Apprentice of the Year (Level 2) Award. Bruce joined The Border Mill in September 2014 as an apprentice Mill Technician.  He completed the Level 2 apprenticeship in June 2015 and is now working towards completion of Level 3. Bruce’s ability to efficiently manage multiple processes, his meticulous attention to detail and his trouble-shooting ability have contributed significantly to an increase in the mill’s productivity, through reduction in machine down-time and reworking.

“During his time with the company Bruce has demonstrated his willingness to learn and has become an integral and highly valued member of the small team at The Border Mill”, John & Juliet Miller, Owners, The Border Mill.

Dr Alison Gwilt Open Lecture 6.30pm 19 April

Last lecture in the series of Circular Economy Lectures delivered in partnership by Zero Waste Scotland and STAG.  Learn from Sheffield Hallam University researcher Dr Alison Gwilt about zero waste pattern design at a free open lecture with Q&A session.

The lectures have received excellent feedback and enhanced student and staff understanding of the circular economy in relation to fashion and textiles, don’t miss the final one! Reserve your free ticket or just come along tomorrow evening.

When? 6.30pm Tuesday 19 April

Where? Glasgow Clyde College, Cardonald Campus