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UK manufacturers to debate issues

Drapers and the UK Fashion and Textile Association (UKFT) are to host an open day for UK garment manufacturers to share information about their businesses for inclusion in Drapers and to discuss the issues, including the skills shortage, facing the sector.

The meeting, at the UKFT’s London headquarters at 3 Queen Square, London WC1 on March 10, follows the launch of Drapers’ Save Our Skills (SOS) campaign, and will be open to any UK manufacturer of fashion, footwear, accessories or textiles. Brands and retailers will also be invited for networking opportunities at the end of the day.

The SOS campaign was launched last week after it became apparent there were signs of a resurgence in UK manufacturing but a lack of skills to meet growing demand.

Last week, Drapers revealed that De Montfort University in Leicester had axed its prestigious Fashion Technology BSc.

Julie King, head of the fashion department, told Drapers: “Rather than reducing our technical teaching with the end of the Fashion Technology course, we are constantly increasing the skills provision in [other degrees offered by] our fashion department.”

However, a number of De Montfort students, graduates and employers of graduates have contacted Drapers to complain, claiming a technical element in a BA will not provide the same depth of expertise as a specialist BSc.

For full coverage of SOS, see next week’s issue of Drapers.

To see the full coverage of the SOS campaign and to comment on the debate click here or email with SOS in the subject line for more details about the March 10 event.

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