Celebrating #nationalapprenticeshipweek

Posted on 7th Mar 2017 Categories: News

There is little doubt that we are currently living in the age of technology. With ever evolving technology at our fingertips it should come as no surprise that nearly every aspect of our lives is becoming dependant on increasingly complex devices. One of the benefits of this is social media interaction – never again will anyone forget to celebrate #NationalBestFriendDay or indulge in #NationalChocolateDay.

This week is #nationalapprenticeshipweek which is something to celebrate here at House of Cheviot. Hawick has always been recognised as the ‘home of knitwear’ but a few years ago there was growing concern over its future in the town. The factories (House of Cheviot included) were operating with an ageing workforce and if not addressed, the industry would run out of skilled workers. Five years ago Hawick businesses and Glasgow Clyde College worked together to form the textile Modern Apprenticeship programme which has been successful in supporting and providing training for young people.

Apprenticeships are a great way of attracting enthusiastic talent with fresh ideas and provide you with the skilled workers you need for the future. So far we have trained 3 apprentices who have all continued their career here. Our latest recruit Connor has completed his Modern Apprenticeship in Fashion & Textile Heritage and became Scotland’s 200th MA within the textile sector.

Speaking to Connor about his experience he said, “The Modern Apprenticeship programme provided me with on the job training while completing a qualification. Earning while learning meant I didn’t have to worry about getting into debt and has given me valuable hands-on experience. I now have a recognised qualification and I have a career in the textiles industry at House of Cheviot ahead of me.”

Connor, who joined us in 2015, has been a breath of fresh air to the House of Cheviot. He’s enthusiastic, ambitious, hard-working and reliable and has fitted in to life at Sock HQ with ease. A credit to the apprenticeship initiative!