Barrie is a Scottish factory that specialises in the production of cashmere knitwear.
Barrie has benefitted from the Centre of Textile Excellence in a number of ways:
- Factory resources have been required less, as trainees (all 3) enter Barrie with a strong basic understanding of both knitting and programming.
- Trainees are in a position to give value to Barrie immediately after the course by being able to program entry level garments, thus leaving our more experienced team to work on complex product
- We have developed a great partnership with the Centre of Textile Excellence. The training staff’s dedication and commitment to teaching artisan skills to trainees is of a high level with the goal to create a path way into Industry.
Katie Prentice, HR Advisor at Barrie Knitwear, commented:
“The 1 on 1 training given at the centre is invaluable and we feel that in 16 weeks the girls have covered 6 months training if given in house. Having employed three trainees from the centre, it is clear that the level of learning given within the 16 weeks gave them a great foundation to grow and develop further within the business
This year we are partnering with the Borders College and the centre to provide work base qualification which recognises the industry , developing our workforce through the centres support. Great start to what can lead to Great futures!”
Scott & Charters
Scott & Charters is a knitwear manufacturer founded in Hawick in 1955, renowned for their quality and service.
Scott & Charters have been working closely with the Centre of Excellence since its conception and have been delighted with the students they’ve had in house on work experience.
David Chapman, Sales Director at Scott & Charters, said:
“The 2 students we have been mentoring, 1 in the hand sew area, who has gone on to full time employment with another company and the other, a Shima Knitting Technician trainee who we have had on day release for 8 weeks have both proven to be well trained and very knowledgeable in their specific skills.
After discussing and looking at our own Shima technical position, we have been able to offer the student a full-time position starting in January 2020. This will bring many benefits to our set up and our plans for future proofing our own sampling, development and bulk production capacities.
It will allow us to be able to offer more in the way of development projects from 3rd party design houses, along with making the process of sampling and development of our own ranges more efficient, again driving our business forward with an aim of expanding further in the future.”