Covid-19/Training courses update

Textile centre building is mostly closed for students until further notice. We are currently working on updating the information and advice for staff and students on how the centre will operate from September 2020. Once the update is completed, we will publish the information on this webpage and promote through our social media channels.

The machine based training will be delivered only when this is safe to do so and is required to complete your training course. We are happy to support and help out students through different ways to e-learning to keep their learning journey continue.

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Alistair Young

Centre Manager
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35 years of experience within the textiles industry both weaving and knitting, working in a variety of roles, having 1st started as a 3 year apprenticeship on the shop floor, for Lyle & Scott.

Attended technical college on day release over that 3 year period gaining Scotvec 3 award, after a number of years working on the shop floor, progressed to be trained and working as an industrial engineer, before moving into management, 1st as a supervisor then progressing as dept manager, general manager and finally as operations manager, working with sales, design and technical teams to deliver customer and own brand collections. Alistair is currently working towards L&D9 and L&D11 awards.

He completed an 18 month course in world class manufacturing working with leaders throughout Courtaulds / benchmarking against best working practice and is hugely committed to bringing skills development and the opportunities that the textiles industry has to offer.

Alistair also provides college certified specialised training for companies in areas such as procurement, negotiating, quality control, audi training and supply chain expertise.

other members of the team

Isabel Wilson

Delivering training on hand-sew, mending, overlock and other skills within the industry.

Myra Murphy

Knitwear or textile tutor offering training and advice within the industry.

Chhaya Patel
Business Support

Chhaya joined Scottish Borders Council in 2020 and works to support all aspects of the general administration of the centre.

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