Barbour Academy launches apprenticeship scheme

For the first time, the Barbour Academy is looking to recruit eight apprentices teaching them not only sewing skills but also numeracy and literacy on a year-long scheme

Donna Sansom of the Barbour Academy shows students how to use sewing machines
Donna Sansom of the Barbour Academy shows students how to use sewing machines

A new pattern of learning has been unveiled at a textile specialists.

For the first time, the Barbour Academy is looking to recruit eight apprentices teaching them not only sewing skills but also numeracy and literacy on a year-long scheme.

Set up in May 2012 to develop textile sewing skills in the region, the academy will launch the new teaching programme in April alongside training providers KTL.

Tracy Martin, chief executive of KTL, said: “We have spent the last 18 years championing textile skills, largely in the East Midlands area.

“But it is great to be able to support such a great brand and help them develop and retain manufacturing skills in the North East. We are delighted to be working in partnership with Barbour.”

Since its launch by Dame Margaret Barbour less than two years ago, the academy has trained 115 people giving them a qualification and employability skills, with 16 of the trainees having been employed full-time at Barbour.

Brenda Readman-Bell, the firm’s group finance and IT director said: “Our new direction working with training specialists KTL gives us ways of delivering even more intensive training and providing a direct route into employment for a group of committed apprentices. And once the programme is up and running, we hope to offer this opportunity every nine to 12 months.”

Anyone wishing to apply for one of the initial apprenticeship places should visit www.barbour.com/careers . Applications close March 14.

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