The R&D developed across the Future Fashion Factory research themes will feed into new fashion degree and industrial apprenticeship programmes, developing multidisciplinary STEAM-based designers who can address the existing skills gap in the industry.

This innovation will be seen in the textiles and fashion programmes offered by the University of Leeds, University of Huddersfield, and the Royal College of Art, the Future Fashion Factory academic partners. At the same time, important work is underway at the Textile Centre of Excellence in Huddersfield developing the next generation of industry apprenticeships.

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The Centre offers quality assured, flexible training at all levels from pre-entry traineeships to foundation degree equivalent programmes. The Centre is a recognised BS EN ISO 9001: 2008 organisation, holds the ‘Matrix’ standard for Information, Advance and Guidance (IAG) and has secured the Creative Skillset Industry Tick for industry relevant training and skills provision.