Apprenticeship Levy Consultation Launched

The Scottish Government has launched a consultation on how Scotland should use its share of funding from the UK Apprenticeship Levy.

The consultation is now live until 26 August 2016 and can be accessed via the link below:



Scottish Leather Group recruiting 13 apprentices

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SLG are currently recruiting 13 individuals to their Modern Apprenticeship Academy.

  • 10 apprenticeship roles are available in leather manufacture & production
  • 3 apprenticeship roles in engineering

SLG is a rapidly expanding company supplying the highest quality leather products to motoring, aviation and interiors customers worldwide.  These roles will offer opportunities for development and progression through SLG’s award-winning Modern Apprenticeship training programme. Application Deadline: 19 June 2016


Leather Manufacture & Production Apprenticeship

Engineering Apprenticeship


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Application Deadline: 19 June 2016

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.

Edinburgh Textiles Collective: Student Project

ed_textile_collectiveEdinburgh Textiles Collective is a new approach to textiles production in cooperation with IKEA and Zero Waste Scotland; we are a group of up and coming designers from Edinburgh College of Art.

We produce beautiful limited edition rucksacks, tote bags and cushions from IKEA’s surplus fabric. Etc uses contemporary design and colour to create unique, hand printed and handmade pieces in Scotland. We are passionate about exploring new techniques and challenges whilst maintaining a level of sustainability to the best of our ability by striving to limit waste production. STAG’s Into Industry event allowed us to network and make new connections. These contacts led to Etc being stocked in the Scottish Design Exchange at Ocean Terminal.

Emma Roberts 3rd Year Textile Student, ECA

Fashion Revolution Week is here!

 April 22 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Glasgow
Personalised Mending
A free workshop about mending and personalising your clothes using hand embroidery techniques with Shirley McLauchlan.


April 21 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Edinburgh

Join a Pedal-Powered Screening of True Cost and Pop Up Future Fashion Market

In recognition of Fashion Revolution Day 2016 the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation – the UK’s leading low carbon innovation hub –  is hosting a pedal powered screening of the ground-breaking documentary The True Cost.



21 Apr 7.00-8.30pm, Glasgow

Textile Workshop: Every Garment Tells A Story

Join The Stitchery at The Lighthouse on Thursday 21st April from 7.00-8.30pm for a talk on garment creation and the history of sewing patterns.


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

Pattern Design Masterclass with Dr Gwilt 20 April

“Zero Waste Pattern Design” is the fifth and final masterclass of the Zero Waste Scotland series for the textile industry.

How does the Circular Economy work in practice? Is concern only at the end of life? Dr Alison Gwilt tackles zero waste pattern design through innovative cutting approaches that push efficiency of materials, fashion and textile design and production.
This Masterclass will be broken into two engaging sessions.

The morning workshop will introduce the practical strategies that can be employed to reduce textile waste during manufacture and use. Through a series of mini exercises, participants will examine their own design practice, and will look at where and how textile waste is created during the lifecycle of the garments they produce.
The afternoon will be a practical hands–on workshop session, where participants will directly experience some of the waste reduction approaches that can be employed to reduce and avoid waste during production and extend garment longevity during use. The practical activities involve pattern making and garment construction exercises, and participants will be encouraged to work individually and collectively to test approaches.

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New textiles qualification – we need your views!

Skills for Work in the Textiles Industry

Working with colleagues in industry, colleges and schools, the Scottish Textiles Skills Partnership has identified an opportunity to develop a new qualification – Skills for Work in the Textiles Industry.

This new award will:-

  • introduce learners to a range of job roles within the textile manufacturing industry
  • develop their knowledge of the journey taken by textile products from raw material to finished product
  • develop practical skills used in the textile manufacturing industry
  • develop learners to become effective job seekers and employees
  • develop a positive and responsible attitude to work
  • develop communication and team-working skills

A Qualification Development Team – with representatives from schools, colleges and industry – has been working to draft the content of this proposed new award and we would like now to consult with the wider school and college community to get your feedback.

The survey can be accessed here and will take no more than 10 minutes to complete.  If you have any questions, please contact Fiona Kennedy at