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), with a number of programmes aimed at building the international reputation of the UK textiles industry and delivering training and skills development.
We have continued to fund The Weavers’ Company Entry to Work Scheme, securing placements and creating job opportunities for young people in textile manufacturing.
The Textile Centre for Excellence received £50,000 for Edu4Tex – bringing together schools and sector bodies for the purpose of developing a new approach to the promotion of the textile sector.
Our successful partnership with creative business incubator Cockpit Arts continues to flourish. Our grants have provided equipment as well as bursaries for graduate weavers. Our support – recommitted in 2019 with a grant of £66,000 (over three years) – is allowing a fresh round of applicants to benefit from the facilities and business mentoring programme Cockpit offers.
We awarded £150,000 to UK Fashion & Textiles (UKFT) for export support at Trade Fairs over three years (Paris, Shanghai and Milan).
In 2020, we continued our funding for The Weavers' Company Entry to Work Scheme, which secures placements and creates job opportunities for young people in textile manufacturing. Molly Hayden was a scholarship recipient in 2019, leading to her dream job at Stephen Walters (a 300-year-old, family-owned textiles company).
The Textile Centre of Excellence (TCE) in Huddersfield received £50,000 from The Company for Edu4Tex, an alternative educational pathway aimed at attracting young people to pursue careers in textiles.
A long-term partnership with Cockpit Arts was reinforced with another grant of £66,000 (over three years) in 2019, allowing a new round of award recipients to take up positions in the weaving studio at Deptford, including Alicia Rowbotham whose work is featured here.
We were proud to contribute £30,000 to launching Future Textiles at Trinity Buoy Wharf in London, a project from The Prince’s Foundation, in 2019.
The Company contributed £10,000 to the UKFT Young Technician Training Fund (co-funded by The Weavers’ Company and The Drapers’ Company) to help young UK technicians train with machinery builders at overseas training schools.
The Fashion-Enter Ltd Tailoring Academy opened in London with funding from the Mayor of London’s ‘Good Growth Fund’ as well as £24,500 from The Company.