Mulberry’s former group supply director, Ian Scott, tells Drapers schools should partner up with local manufacturing firms to promote job opportunities in the sector.
Speaking at the Creative Skillset UK Fashion and Textiles Skills Summit in Nottingham, Scott said more work was needed to ensure younger generations understand the careers available in the fashion manufacturing industry.
He left his role at Mulberry in July this year, but led the brand’s launch of an apprenticeship scheme in 2005 at its first factory in Somerset. Since then 70 apprentices have been through the process, and 14 have been taken on this year across its factories in Somerset and Bridgwater.
Scott is now non-executive director of training and consultancy firm Swmas and non-executive chairman of organic kidswear brand Frugi.