Technical Education

Vocational support and skills development for apprentices, students and more.


We encourage young people to explore careers in the textiles industry and enable students to take innovative concepts from crucible to loom, and on to market. This translates into support for apprenticeships, work placements, conferences and seminars, and more.

For the past few years, a significant amount of funding has been directed at UK Fashion & Textiles (UKFT). In 2022, The Company granted £170,000 to UKFT to promote British textiles abroad and strengthen the industries reputation over the next three years. We also funded other UKFT initiatives aimed at promoting opportunities within the industry, improved employability, increased skills development and on-the-job training – such as the UKFT Young Textile Technician Fund.

We have continued to fund The Weavers’ Company Entry to Work Scheme, securing placements and creating job opportunities for young people in textile manufacturing.

In 2022, our grant to the Textile Centre for Excellence supported its Sustainability Strategy Programme (pilot). The initiative provided a road map for integrating sustainability into core purpose, strategy and operations for 10 textile companies based in and around the Yorkshire region.

Our successful partnership with creative business incubator Cockpit Arts continues to flourish. Our grants have provided equipment as well as bursaries for 35 weavers to date.

Recent Grants