MADE IT has been developed in response to a widespread industry demand to improve the production and sourcing knowledge of our graduates and to illustrate the wealth of technical and creative roles available throughout the supply chain.
Government statistics show manufacturing employment in the UK is on the rise for first time in decades and investment is the highest it has been for many years. However, there is consistent evidence to demonstrate some significant skills gaps in and around manufacturing.
The UK fashion and textile industry needs new, highly skilled people on machines and in a variety of production roles. At the same time new candidates entering into design, development and production-related roles, and those setting up businesses, must have the crucial manufacturing and sourcing knowledge that is required for success.
“The UK has some of the best design graduates in the world and some of the most talented manufacturers – MADE IT brings them together. The project will help to ensure the success of the next generation in understanding the business of fashion, which is a fundamental part of UKFT’s purpose. This is critical whether you are developing a new brand, working with manufacturers or growing your business overseas.”
Nigel Lugg, Chairman, UKFT