The UK Fashion & Textile Association (UKFT) is to curate a manufacturing skills exhibition at Make It British Live!, the sourcing event for British manufacturers and producers.
The exhibition will highlight the work being done to support a new generation of UK manufacturers, and will display pieces from the UKFT’s Made It project, which is designed to give students a better understanding of sourcing, production and the business considerations of a UK-based manufacturing strategy. It will feature designs from UK fashion graduates, and host a skills consultation area, where attendees can meet with UKFT skills and training specialists.
UKFT CEO Adam Mansell said: “It is vital that our growing UK manufacturing sector has access to a pipeline of skilled talent. The exhibition will highlight the work that UKFT is undertaking to support businesses by bringing in a new stream of motivated employees, improve the image of the sector to new entrants and to provide flexible routes into a wide variety of job roles.”
Make it British Live! founder Kate Hills added: “A common concern among manufacturers that I talk to on a daily basis isn’t finding more customers, but finding enough skilled staff to keep up with the demand. This is a wake-up call for the industry! If we don’t invest in training the next generation, soon there will be no British fashion manufacturing businesses left.”
Make it British Live!, previously known as Meet The Manufacturer, takes place at the Old Truman Brewery, London, on 23-24 May.