Centre of Excellence in Textiles

A Centre of Excellence in Textiles is being developed in Hawick after receiving £610,000 of funding from the Scottish Government via the South of Scotland Economic Partnership.

What will it do?

The centre will help address business critical skills issues in the sector and provide industry skills of all levels to a wide range of individuals.

Training will be 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 will be based within surplus space in Hawick High School, with a dedicated entrance and will be fitted out appropriately. There will be no access between the school and the centre.

A travel allowance may be available for trainees.

Who is involved?

The Centre of Excellence is a partnership project involving Scottish Borders Council, Skills Development Scotland, Scottish Enterprise, Scottish Development International, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and local textile and knitwear manufacturing businesses.

How can I access training?

If you are interested in training opportunities at the centre please contact Alistair Young, Centre of Excellence Manager, on 01896 622701.

The project is also working with businesses in the sector, the Developing the Young Workforce group, secondary schools and the DWP to identify potential trainees too.