Local secondary school teachers and pupils invited to attend innovative textiles workshop at Dumfries House

Local secondary school teachers and pupils are being sought to attend a series of free and innovative textiles workshops which are set to take place onsite at Dumfries House, one of Britain’s most beautiful and historic stately homes. 

The Future Textiles Programme, which is being run and developed in collaboration with Glasgow Clyde College, Ayrshire College and The Scottish Textiles Academic Group, aims to raise awareness of employment opportunities within the textiles industry and teach textile-related skills to young people that are living in Scotland. HRH Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay, has shown support for the project, which is set to run until January 2016 after receiving funding from Creative Scotland’s Cashback for Creativity.  

Fashion and Textiles lecturers from Glasgow Clyde College will deliver the workshops, which will arm participating teachers with the knowledge needed to confidently relay what they have learnt back to their classes and teach school pupils introductory manufacturing skills which are not currently taught in schools and colleges. Participants will be able to take home a finished product they have made out of fabric donated by sponsors such as Johnstons of Elgin, Alex Begg & Co and Robert Noble. 

Corinne McHenery, who is a Fashion and Textiles lecturer at Glasgow Clyde College and Project Co-ordinator for the Dumfries House project, said: “We are looking for secondary school teachers and pupils that are interested in learning new skills to come along to the workshops. As the workshops are so small, all the participants will get individual attention to help build their confidence and get their work up to industry standards. 
“The local industry currently has 20 textile-related companies and many of them are considering recruiting modern apprenticeships. Participation in these workshops will give pupils a greater understanding of industry requirements and the rich heritage of Scottish Textiles. Mastering these traditional skills could make them ideal candidates for employment and apprenticeship opportunities with local textile companies in the future.”

Spaces on the workshops are limited and must be booked in advance. For further information, please email future textiles.You can also view Corinne's blog page. 


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