Textile Training. A new intensive delivery programme commenced in May 2018 in the converted sawmill in the grounds of the Estate


The Textile Training Centre delivers eight week sewing skills programmes to those in the local area looking to gain employment.

To date, over 3,000 participants have taken part in sewing, pattern drafting, and woven and knitted textiles workshops, from secondary teachers to pupils aged 12 to 18 years old. In addition, we have run industry awareness days, challenge events and specialised work-based programmes. Schools can opt in to an intensive certificated programme for pupils who demonstrate a keen interest. The majority of participants are school age, however we are proud to be able to say that the range of ages benefitting from the Future Textiles project so far spans eight years old to 70+ years old.

The programme is aimed at those aged 16 or over. Work placement has been secured with partner companies. The Future Textile team are working with job centres and employability managers in recruiting trainees who will focus on the single most in demand skill needed locally. Trainees will then be supported into work, further study at college level or into self-employment.

The Atelier programme is based within the walls of Dumfries House, in the attic quarters. Class sizes are small with a staff pupil ratio of 1:6 pupils, which allows for both concentrated and individual teaching of complex skills. By making the courses accessible, in particular by providing travel grants (the cost of which can be prohibitive for secondary schools as this programme covers a wide geographic area), uptake has been overwhelming.