Rothesay pupils take part in innovative art project to address skills gap

Pupils from Rothesay Academy travelled to Ayrshire last week to take part in an innovative 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.

The project is run in partnership with Glasgow Clyde College and Ayrshire College, and saw pupils take part in a number of workshops over two days, including pattern drafting, embroidery, sewing and weaving.

Argyll and Bute Council’s Policy Lead for Education, Councillor Yvonne McNeilly said: “By participating in this project, our young people are able to learn additional, specialist skills for an industry that’s on their doorstep. This is a fantastic opportunity that could really benefit them in years ahead.


“We want the very best for our young people and we want to give them as many opportunities as possible. We want Argyll and Bute to be the best place to grow up, for young people and families to remain in the area, and be attracted to live here. Unique training programmes like this benefit everyone and are a great way for communities to come together.”

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