Rothesay pupils lead the way in closing textile skills gap

Published Date: 

22 Dec 2016 - 15:17

Pupils from Rothesay Academy travelled to Cumnock to take part in an innovative and exciting art project aimed at addressing a skills gap in the textile industry.

Initiated by HRH The Duke of Rothesay, the Future Textiles at Dumfries House project aims to give young people an insight into the textile industry and provide them with the skills required to work in the field.

Rothesay Academy’s involvement came following ongoing discussions with Bute Fabrics, who are focused on training the next generation workforce.

Run in partnership with Glasgow Clyde College and Ayrshire College, pupils took part in a number of workshops over two days, including pattern drafting, embroidery, sewing and weaving.

Head Teacher at Rothesay Academy, Julie Fisher said: “The project was extremely beneficial to pupils and gave them the opportunity to learn about a wide variety of mediums.

“Younger pupils looked at the rich colour combinations of Bute wool to create fun, stylish cushions, whilst senior pupils created a wool rucksack, all fully lined with a decorative embellishment and zip insertion.

“The products were of an extremely high, sellable standard and I am very proud of the work they produced. This was a wonderful opportunity for pupils.

Argyll and Bute Council’s Policy Lead for Education and Lifelong Learning, Councillor Rory Colville said: “What a wonderful, enterprising initiative. It is extremely encouraging to see pupils having the opportunity to learn more about a skill, for which there is a successful business right on their doorstep.

“We want our children to be given every opportunity to succeed. This creative project has helped to provide pupils with the skills required to help them grow their own island economy. It would be wonderful to see projects such as these could be rolled out across even more industries.”