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UKFT Sew Connect: From scrubs to jobs

22/05/2020

There has been a fantastic response to the shortage of scrubs from the general public over the last few months, with volunteers forming localised hubs across the UK and taking to their sewing machines to help the national interest.

It comes at a time that the UK fashion and textile industry is struggling to attract new recruits into manufacturing roles, which is threatening the long-term growth of our sector.

UKFT has launched a new initiative called UKFT Sew Connect to capture this renewed interest in sewing and help meet the growing demand for fashion and textiles made in the UK.

UKFT has created social media pages on Facebook and Instagram to connect these potential employees with employers.

It’s a very simple idea –

  • Employers can make themselves known, advertise vacancies and highlight potential careers
  • Sewing machinists or anyone interested in joining the sector can follow the pages and highlight their experience, the job they would like to do and where they are from

Adam Mansell, CEO of UKFT, said: “It has been incredible to see such a dramatic public response to the scrubs shortage. We wanted to highlight vacancies to volunteers that might consider a career in our industry.

“The manufacture of fashion and textiles is growing steadily in the UK and companies across the UK are looking for skilled sewing machinists, garment makers and textile specialists. It would be great if we could help our manufacturing industry grow out of this crisis.”

UKFT has also partnered with The Scrub Hub for Southport & Ormskirk Hospital Trust and local manufacturers to create the UKFT Pop-Up Sewing Machinist Training School.

UKFT’s Celia Thornley is currently volunteering her services to deliver a training course to volunteers giving them the knowledge and skills required to produce scrubs and masks to the required standard in the shortest possible time, using her years of experience of running a manufacturing business and as a skills consultant.

She said: “The number of voluntary machinists that have come forward is amazing from experienced sample and production machinists to home sewers. Given our serious problem as an industry in sourcing skilled machinists and attracting new talent, hopefully we can get something positive from this situation.

“But we need help from the industry. Can you as an employer, training provider or sector supporter sign up as a follower and post to the page? Even if at the moment you haven’t got any vacancies – just let them know you are there with potential jobs in the future. We need to show these people the industry is alive and kicking.”

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

For Candidates: Interested in a career in sewing, garment or textile production? Follow the UKFT Sew Connect social pages on Facebook and Instagram to hear about local opportunities.

For Employers: Need to expand your team? To share your current vacancies, please contact info@ukft.org

UKFT SEW CONNECT

About UKFT

The UK Fashion & Textile Association (UKFT) is the most inclusive network for fashion and textile companies in the UK. We bring together designers, manufacturers, suppliers, agents and retailers to promote their businesses and our industry, both in the UK and throughout the world.

Our President is HRH The Princess Royal.

www.ukft.org