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UKFT Supported Projects

UKFT is proud to support the skills and training projects of its members.

Burberry Centre for Manufacturing Excellence

UKFT is proud to have supported the new Burberry Centre for Manufacturing Excellence, which launched in February 2020 at their Castleford site in Yorkshire as part of a commitment to protect artisanal skills and support British manufacturing.

UKFT delivered the Sewing Team Leader Training Course to Trainers and Team Leaders at the centre to enable the delivery of a new, formalised industrial sewing machinist development programme, as well as providing practical techniques to refresh and expand the skillset of experienced sewing operatives. Find out more.


Making For Change at Poplar Works

UKFT has been supporting Making For Change at Poplar Works, a sustainable fashion manufacturing centre and skills-training enterprise as it has been developing a skills pipeline project with ApparelTasker, a innovative garment manufacturing business in East London.

The pilot’s objective is to identify and implement the necessary steps to successfully support prison- and community-trained participants to progress into production machinist roles within the UK fashion manufacturing industry.

The Participant Futures project has been put in place to define a successful route of progression for women who have entered Making for Change and developed themselves to become employable within the manufacturing industry. Through work-experience trials, workshops, interviews and coaching, we’ve been able to construct a bridge for them to enter into successful and sustainable employment. More detail coming soon.


To find out more or discuss your project contact skillsandtraining@ukft.org.

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