New apprenticeship in the works

New apprenticeship in the works

NWTexnet is proud to be working in partnership with the British Textile Machinery Association (BTMA) on a new apprenticeship focussing on the needs of people who either design, build commission or maintain textile machinery.

NW Texnet director Steve Kay says: “The number of new apprentices coming into the sector has been declining for many years, and the age profile of workers has steadily increased. BTMA members highlighted this as a significant factor driving their businesses in a recent survey. We feel that an apprenticeship written in partnership with employers and specifically designed to meet the needs of the sector will help to redress the balance.”

Work is underway with the accountable body for textile sector skills, UK Fashion and Textiles, and the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education to get the new standard up and running in late 2020.

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