Technical Education

Vocational support and skills development for apprentices, students and more.


We encourage young people to explore careers in the textiles industry and enable students to take innovative concepts from crucible to loom, and on to market. This translates into support for apprenticeships, work placements, conferences and seminars, and more.

For the past few years, a significant amount of funding has been directed at UK Fashion & Textiles (UKFT), with a number of programmes aimed at building the international reputation of the UK textiles industry and delivering training and skills development.

We have continued to fund The Weavers’ Company Entry to Work Scheme, securing placements and creating job opportunities for young people in textile manufacturing.

The Textile Centre for Excellence received £50,000 for Edu4Tex – bringing together schools and sector bodies for the purpose of developing a new approach to the promotion of the textile sector.

Our successful partnership with creative business incubator Cockpit Arts continues to flourish. Our grants have provided equipment as well as bursaries for graduate weavers. Our support – recommitted in 2019 with a grant of £66,000 (over three years) – is allowing a fresh round of applicants to benefit from the facilities and business mentoring programme Cockpit offers.

Recent Grants