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. In recent years, we have funded the Crafts Council's Make Your Future programme and the Trailblazer Apprenticeship Standards (co-funded by The Drapers’, Weavers’, and Dyers’ Companies).

In 2019, major new grant commitments included £150,000 to UK Fashion & Textiles to support trade shows and help build the international reputation of the UK textiles industry. We also co-funded the UKFT Young Technician Training Fund with The Drapers’ and Weavers’ Companies, and The Weavers’ Company ‘Entry to Work’ programme.

The Textile Centre for Excellence receives funding from us for the Apprenticeship Champion Programme, and we've committed £50,000 to the Edu4Tex – bringing together schools and sector bodies for the purpose of developing a new approach to the promotion of the textile sector.

We made a grant of £30,000 to The Prince’s Foundation, supporting Future Textiles at Trinity Buoy Wharf London. The project brings together industry and education in two unique settings, training the next generation with skills for the textile industry and providing a range of no-cost workshops suitable for secondary school teachers, pupils and those seeking employability skills.

Our successful partnership with creative business incubator Cockpit Arts continues to flourish. Our grants have provided equipment as well as bursaries for graduate weavers, who benefit from the facilities and business mentoring programme Cockpit offers.

Meanwhile, we continue to support the Materials Fund and other bursaries at UAL, Central Saint Martins.

Recent Grants