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What we did

Working in partnership with industry, UKFT develops and maintains the tools required to attract, train and retain the workforce that are essential to supporting a developing industry.

As the Government appointed Sector Skills Body for fashion and textiles in all four nations, we look after skills and training at all levels from apprenticeships and entry level training through to higher education, encouraging people into the wide variety of jobs. We cover all parts of the industry including fashion and footwear manufacturing, dyeing and weaving, leather work, pattern cutting, bespoke tailoring and design and development roles.

We work with companies of all sizes, from the industry’s biggest global brands through to micro businesses and start-ups to support the next generation of talent. Our work includes promoting careers in the industry, developing new vocational and academic routes in, industry quality assurance, creating quality internship opportunities and supporting the growth of good quality training provision.


UKFT supported projects

UKFT is proud to support the skills and training projects of it’s members.

Burberry Centre for Manufacturing Excellence

UKFT is  proud to have supported the new Burberry Centre for Manufacturing Excellence, which launched in February 2020 at their Castleford site in Yorkshire as part of a commitment to protect artisanal skills and support British manufacturing.

UKFT delivered the Sewing Team Leader Training Course to Trainers and Team Leaders at the centre to enable the delivery of a new, formalised industrial sewing machinist development programme, as well as providing practical techniques to refresh and expand the skillset of experienced sewing operatives. Find out more

Making For Change at Poplar Works

UKFT has been supporting Making For Change at Poplar Works, a sustainable fashion manufacturing centre and skills-training enterprise as it has been developing a skills pipeline project with Apparel Tasker, a innovative garment manufacturing business in East London.

The pilot’s objective is to identify and implement the necessary steps to successfully support prison and community trained participants to progress into production machinist roles, within the UK fashion manufacturing industry.

The Participant Futures project has been put in place to define a successful route of progression for women who have entered Making for Change and developed themselves to become employable within the manufacturing industry. Through work-experience trials, workshops, interviews and coaching, we’ve been able to construct a bridge for them to enter into successful and sustainable employment. More detail coming soon.


To find out more or discuss your project contact skillsandtraining@ukft.org.