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Proud to be supporting the local textile community

We're delighted to be working with Keighley College, who launched their brand new Textile Academy on Friday.

The launch of the new Textile Academy at Keighley College has been hailed a major breakthrough in ensuring local manufacturing firms get the skilled employees they need. 

Sewing Machines Textile Academy

Specialised Covers is thrilled to be working closely with the college offering apprenticeships and helping to boost the local textile industry, by supporting students and giving them opportunites within a professional, nurturing environment. 

The initiative has been made possible through a £30,000 investment from the Textile Growth Fund following close co-operation with local employers, including Specialised Covers, to secure the funding. The Academy will allow students to learn such skills that wil enable them to start, and further, careers within a skilled profession. 

Chris Stott, head of business engagement at Keighley College, said: "In the Aire Valley alone there are 38 companies involved in the textile sector, a sector which has survived recession and closures."

Textile Academy

Keighley MP Kris Hopkins, who marked the launch of the new Keighley Textile Academy, is shown how to use one of the new sewing machines by course leader Charlotte Meek. Source: http://www.keighleynews.co.uk/news/15039296.Newly_launched_textile_academy_at_Keighley_College_aims_to_accelerate_this_industry__39_s_revival/

The new Academy features equipment including nine industrial sewing machines, a five-metre cutting table and industrial cutting knives. Specialised Covers were on hand to help advise the Academy on the type of training and skills students would need for a career in textiles. Beverley Powles Specialised Covers HR and QSHE Manager, who will be serving on the Academy's Board, was at the launch and spent time with other Board members discussing the future ahead.

"It's something we've been working on for a number of years, and it's really exciting that it's now happening." Explained Beverley. "The Textile Academy will create fantastic opportunities for both local people and local businesses alike. Specialised Covers are delighted to be a part of that."  


Specialised Covers, Beverley Powles HR & QSHE Manager, with Keighley MP Kris Hopkins.

Students will complete a four-week course that will cover employability skills, work experience, and hands-on sessions with the latest industrial equipment. At the end of the programme, the students will be offered a job interview with a local employer, and the ability to progress to a full apprenticeship.

If you are interested in enrolling with the Textile Academy, or know anyone who might be, visit the Keighley College website for more details.