The MADE IT programme has been developed to enrich the production and sourcing knowledge of our graduates and to illustrate the wealth of technical and creative roles available throughout the supply chain.

Government statistics show manufacturing employment in the UK is on the rise for first time in decades and investment is the highest it has been for many years. However, there is consistent evidence to demonstrate some significant skills gaps in and around manufacturing.

The UK fashion and textile industry needs new, highly skilled people on machines and in a variety of production roles. At the same time new candidates entering into design, development and production-related roles, and those setting up businesses, must have the crucial manufacturing and sourcing knowledge that is required for success.

The Made It project was piloted in 2017 with the kind support of Marks and Spencers and has continued using the leanings from the pilot with the generous support of The Clothworkers’ Company and CapitB Trust.

How it works

UKFT works with five universities each year to deliver the programme, which includes:

  • MADE IT Production and Sourcing Masterclass
    The masterclass is delivered to each participating university, by industry expert Daliah Hearn. The masterclass offers students an in-depth understanding of Production and Sourcing for the fashion and textiles industry, from a global perspective and with a closer focus on UK sourcing.
  • MADE IT Production Internship
    One student from each participating university also receives the opportunity of a two-month paid internship within a UK production environment to provide real-life manufacturing and sourcing experience.


Get Involved

Universities must be Education Partners to be included in the programme. The programme is aimed at students in their second year of study from a range of fashion and textile courses.

If you would like your university to be involved in MADE IT or for more information please get in touch

Masterclasses & Internship Stories

Made It Quality Internship Collateral

As part of the MADE IT programme UKFT is working with students and employers to develop two sets of publicly-available resources that aim to raise the quality and expectations of internships across the UK fashion and textile industry.

  • Quality Internship collateral for students
    With the aim of showing them what a quality internship should look like.
  • Quality Internship collateral for employers
    Including frameworks for good quality delivery of an internship, example schemes of work and positive case studies.