Work-based Training


Time and again, one of the most gripes within the industry is how to address the chronic skills shortage it is facing.The good news is that there a number of providers available to help tackle this issue. The main organisations are outlined below.


The University of Leeds – Textile Training Programme 2014-15

The University of Leeds, with its network of textile experts, has brought together a wide range of training courses that will support the sector. Ranging from in-company training and short courses delivered throughout the year.


NWTexnet has an exciting portfolio of European research projects and are recognised as the only UK Technical Textile Cluster on the European Cluster Platform. NWTexnet helps member companies source business solutions and provide personal development for staff.

Mike Bentley –Director
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The Textile Centre of Excellence

Workplace based Training Centre features state-of-the-art Textile Technology combined with a wealth of in-house expertise.

The centre promotes a wide range of activities to stimulate innovation and the development of new skills. The training available can be tailor-made to suit the needs of the business.

The manufacturing facility offers commission weaving and commission warping, including samples, and with a portfolio of work ranging from sampling to innovative weaving with DNA.


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KTL Ltd is a small private training provider based in Nottingham, established for over 18 years, specialising in delivering training within the fashion and textile manufacturing industry. The delivery staff has vast knowledge and years of experience within the sector. KTL deliver both in-house bespoke and accredited training.

The Textile Institute

The Textile Institute is a unique organisation in textiles, clothing and footwear. The aim of the Institute is to facilitate learning, to recognise achievement, to reward excellence and to disseminate information.

Course content will cover Fibres, Yarns, Weaving, Warp and Weft Knitting, Nonwoven Fabrics, Dyeing and Finishing and Fabric Testing and Analysis.


De Montfort University

De Montfort University are committed to delivering professional development opportunities for those in the workplace.

If you are working and want to improve your skills in a particular area, they have many ‘off the peg’ courses that will align to the professional development needs of individuals, and the talent development strategies of organisations. 

DMU short courses and master classes run throughout the year, and vary in length ranging from a day to a week. They are designed to support skill development in specific industries, and may carry University credits. Many of their undergraduate courses are also available by part-time or distance learning delivery. Therefore you can study for a university qualification whilst still working full-time. 

Click here to discover how they can further support your business.