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In this Skills and Education section you will find links to course providers in technical textiles.

 You can learn more about technical textiles in the Knowledge area under the following headings;

·       Material Functionalities

·       Technologies

·        Market Sectors

·        Materials

The below video looks at the design opportunities in Technical Textiles.


Training from the Textile Centre of Excellence (TCoE)

Training and development forms a key part of the organisation’s strategy and opportunities exist for businesses and individuals to participate in a wide range of industry related programmes to meet client demand. The expert team of trainers, tutors and assessors can help you find the right course, delivered on a flexible basis and to a high standard, helping you to get the most out of your training. They also have comprehensive access to training and research grants.

The portfolio includes training which can be delivered at a subsidised cost through Government funded initiatives, regularly securing funding for businesses and individuals. Even if your search for training is purely speculative, you can register your interest now to ensure you can take full advantage of financial support at the appropriate time.

The Centre’s mission is to provide an excellent training service that meets client need.

TCoE offer traditional knowledge based, classroom training blended with work based vocational training. The national vocation qualifications (NVQs) offered at the Centre cover subjects such as Manufacturing Textile Products, Apparel, Print Operations, Customer Service, Business Administration, ICT, Management, Team Leading, Retail, Enterprise, Distribution and Warehousing. Most programmes are available at levels 2 and 3 with some programmes available at level 4.

The Textile Centre is a national group training organisation for Fashion & Textiles. The Apprenticeships offered at levels 2, 3 and 4 allow learners to undertake work based training whilst in employment and give students an important start in the sector. The structure of the programmes has been designed to take into account specific industry requirements and client need. Delivering a blend of knowledge based teaching and vocational competence in the workplace with dedicated assessment throughout to ensure students know the fundamental aspects of general textile technology.

Commercial training services, courses and consultancy are available throughout the year. This includes services in;

·        Health & Safety

·        ICT

·        Management

·        Team Leading

·        Transport

·        NEBOSH

·        IOSH

·        First Aid

·        Fork Lift Truck

·        COSHH

·        Fire Risk Assessment

·        Fire Marshal

·        Occupational Health Screening

·        Safety Audit, Noise Surveys

·        Dust & Air Sampling

·        LEV Testing

·        other services upon request

For more information please contact;  

Martin Jenkins, Training Team Manager, Textile House, Red Doles Lane, Huddersfield, HD2 1YF. Tel: (+44) 1484 346500 email: martinjenkins@textile-training.com or visit www.textile-training.com

Level 4 Technical Textiles Apprenticeships 

The Textile Centre of Excellence, from 1st September 2012, will launch the very first level 4 vocational qualification in Technical Textiles. The Centre led the development of this new qualification based on evidence of demand from the industry following our dedicated consultation phase. Working with the Sector Skills Council (Creative Skillset), ABC Awards and the North West Textile Network (NWTEXNET),  2 framework pathways are available- Technical Textiles and Product Development/Sourcing.

Modules have been developed by the Centre to cover the key areas of technical textile applications and functionality such as Fibres and Technical Textiles, Fire and Heat Resistance, Stain Resistance, UV Resistance and Treatments, Anti-microbial Textile Applications, Fabric Wear and Durability, Breathability, Anti-static and Conductive Textiles, Bio-degradable Textiles, Outsourcing Manufacturing, Strategic Marketing, Managing Intellectual Property and Global Business Management. 

For more informaiton please contact; Martin Jenkins, Training Team Manager, Textile House, Red Doles Lane, Huddersfield, HD2 1YF. Tel: (+44) 1484 346500 email: martinjenkins@textile-training.com or visit www.textile-training.com