Future in textiles for Ayrshire College Fashion students
Three Ayrshire College fashion students have graduated from an eight–week intensive course at The LVMH Textile Training School at Dumfries House as part of a project run by The Prince’s Foundation.
In collaboration with Ayrshire College and Glasgow Clyde College, The ‘Future Textiles’ project brings together industry and education, in order to train the next generation with skills for the textile industry.
As well as engaging students in learning experiences that promote confidence and personal development, the course offers training in real-life skills to open up future employment opportunities.
For the first six weeks, students benefited from hands-on experience in sewing, cutting, and edging fabrics and how to comprise a manufacturing line in luxury garments. The final two weeks provided the opportunity to take part in a work placement.
Fashion student, April Nixon said “working for Louise Grey, a Scottish designer based in London, was amazing. I was given a lot of responsibility. I worked on a garment that she had just designed which will be sent down the runway at London Fashion Week. I loved the experience of being a proper fashion intern.”
Fashion student Graeme Bone said “the biggest benefit from doing the programme has been that I have been offered a job with Begg & Co in Ayr, which is great as you can’t get much more high-end than that.”
Arts and Fashion Lecturer, Elaine Watson said “Our partnership with Future Textiles at Dumfries House affords graduate students the opportunity to increase production skills, experience work placement opportunities locally and nationally by working together to create a holistic experience supporting the future of textile and fashion in Ayrshire. It has been rewarding to be part of the students’ creative growth.”
On completion of the course, the trainees were presented with certificates of achievement from The Great British Sewing Bee’s Patrick Grant and leading Scottish textiles manufacturer John Sugden, who are co-chairs of The Prince’s Foundation’s Future Textiles steering group.
Jacqueline Farrell, Education Director of The Prince’s Foundation at Dumfries House said “the students brought to the course, a great attitude and an aptitude for sewing. They proved to be adaptable under pressure and willing to embrace all opportunities. The products they made were of the highest standards and all of them impressed the employers during their work placement.
“All three of them have job offers or interviews lined up and I have high hopes that in the next few years they are ready to set up their own manufacturing facilities. We look forward to supporting them throughout their career.”
14 September 2018