The Scottish Borders Centre of Excellence in Textiles opened in Spring 2019 after receiving £610k of funding from the Scottish Government via the South of Scotland Economic Partnership. The aim of the programme is to deliver much needed skills back into the textile sector, improving access to skills and training in rural areas.
What will it do?
The Centre of Excellence in Textiles is helping address business critical skills issues in the sector and providing industry skills of all levels to a wide range of individuals.
Training is provided in the practical elements of the textile and knitwear industry, including apprenticeships, and will also provide upskilling opportunities to the town’s current textiles and knitwear workforce.
The long term vision of the project is to develop, in addition to the training centre, a textile innovation centre as well as a showcase and marketing tool for the local industry.
Where is it based?
The centre is based within surplus space in Hawick High School, with a dedicated entrance. There is no access between the school and the centre.
A travel allowance may be available for trainees.
Who is involved?
The Centre of Excellence in Textiles is a partnership project involving:
- Our team based in Hawick
- Skills Development Scotland
- Scottish Enterprise
- Scottish Development International
- The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)
- Local textile and knitwear manufacturing businesses