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Certificated training programmes

Foundation Skills-Introduction to Industrial Sewing

A six-week programme for adult learners currently seeking employment in the textile industry. Key skills in machine and hand sewing using British made luxury fabric to help address the industry skills gap. Individual well-being and confidence development are embedded in the programme. Work placement with partner companies included in the programme. 9.30pm – 4.00pm. Four days per week with optional work placement embedded in the programme.

Modern Artisan

The King’s Foundation and YOOX NET-A-PORTER GROUP are working in partnership on a unique project known as The Modern Artisan. The collaboration is designed to equip young artisans with the skills to succeed in a fast-paced digital landscape and produce luxury apparel collections to the highest standards.

Celebrating the marriage of artisanal textile and data-driven design expertise with high-end sustainable manufacturing at its heart, the students will be supported through the process of designing, manufacturing and bringing to market a luxury Autumn/Winter capsule collection of menswear and womenswear. The collection will have sustainability at its core, reflecting the shared values of HM King Charles III, The King’s Foundation and YOOX NET-A-PORTER GROUP.

The King’s Foundation worked with six graduates from the United Kingdom to take part in a specially designed training course in luxury small batch production skills designed to help them gain employment in the industry. During the course, the graduates developed the expertise to handle wool, cashmere and silk fabrics to ensure garment finishes meet the requirements of the luxury market. This training equipped the students with the skills needed to manufacture the collection in the textile training centre at Dumfries House. Further information on the project can be found here.

Case study – read the Modern Artisan story here.

Batch Production Skills for Graduates (Fashion and Textiles)

A funded training programme for recent fashion and textile graduates or professionals delivered at our Textiles Training Centre in Dumfries House, Ayrshire. The programme focuses on utilising existing skills and products into a sustainable business through batch production experience. This includes the development of production line and quality assessment skills all linked to the UK fashion and textile industry via suppliers and established designers.

The programme offers graduates the opportunity to make small production runs with their own fabrics or garment patterns using industry standard methods and timescales allowing them to develop profitable products.