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Initiative to capitalise on surge in sewing

01 July 2020

After swathes of people took up the call to make scrubs for those on the coronavirus frontline, the UK Fashion and Textile Association (UKFT) has set up a new campaign to capitalise on the renewed interest in sewing.

UKFT has launched the UKFT Sew Connect initiative to capture boosted interest in sewing and help meet the growing demand for fashion and textiles made in the UK.

UKFT has created social media pages on Facebook and Instagram to connect  potential employees with employers.

Employers can advertise vacancies and highlight how people can establish a career in sewing, and those interested in joining the sector can follow the pages and connect with employers. 

Adam Mansell, CEO of UKFT, said: “It has been incredible to see such a dramatic public response to the scrubs shortage. We wanted to highlight vacancies to volunteers that might consider a career in our industry.

“The manufacture of fashion and textiles is growing steadily in the UK and companies across the UK are looking for skilled sewing machinists, garment makers and textile specialists. It would be great if we could help our manufacturing industry grow out of this crisis.”

UKFT has also partnered with The Scrub Hub for Southport & Ormskirk Hospital Trust and local manufacturers to create the UKFT Pop-Up Sewing Machinist Training School.

UKFT’s Celia Thornley is currently volunteering her services to deliver a training course to volunteers giving them the knowledge and skills required to produce scrubs and masks to the required standard in the shortest possible time.

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