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Skillset needs your help to answer an SOS

Fashion is a classic example of the UK having creative brilliance, but not necessarily turning this into a business advantage.

Fashion is a classic example of the UK having creative brilliance, but not necessarily turning this into a business advantage.

Our technical skills are world class but are in danger of disappearing. As a board member of our industry’s Sector Skills Council, Skillset, I am delighted to confirm that we are working to address the very issues that are being raised by Drapers’ Save Our Skills (SOS) campaign.

It is not just the preservation of design and technical skills that will ensure the survival of our industry – we need to foster an effective fusion of creative, technical and business skills. However, we will need help and support from all corners of the industry to achieve this.

Skillset is working to develop solutions that join up all elements of our industry. We need designers and manufacturers to work together on these problems and to work more closely with higher education and training to ensure the next generation develops the business and technical skills necessary to innovate and prosper.

Skillset’s Apprenticeship in Fashion and Textiles and work with higher education are just some of the solutions to filling our skills gaps. They will need commitment from industry to make an impact. It is also important that young people are aware of the diversity of the job roles that exist.

Not everyone can be, or indeed wants to be, a fashion designer, and there are a great number of equally creative and essential roles in high demand throughout the industry.

Skillset wholly backs Drapers’ call to Save Our Skills and we will do all we can to help develop a solution that incorporates all elements of the industry.

  • Betty Jackson is a designer and a member of the Skillset board of directors

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