Fashion and Textiles

 Fashion & TextilesSQA’s Fashion and Textile Technology qualifications provide practical and experiential opportunities to apply skills relevant to, and develop knowledge and understanding of, the fashion and textile industry.

Our courses enable learners to develop an understanding of a range of factors that influence fashion choices made by individuals and society and provide a number of career opportunities.

About the industry

Creative Skillset is the industry skills body for the Creative Industries working across film, television, radio, fashion, animation, games, visual effects, textiles, publishing, advertising and marketing communications. They empower the Creative Industries to develop skills and talent by influencing and shaping policy, ensuring quality and securing the vital investment for individuals to become the best in their field and for businesses to grow.

 “Creative Skillset has built a positive partnership with SQA over the last few years as we have worked together to develop a wide range of provision for Scotland’s Creative Industries – across areas as diverse as media production to textiles heritage skills. The fact that these qualifications are being adopted by leading employers in Scotland is testament to the effort SQA puts in to working with us to understand employer needs. This insistence on industrial relevance delivers meaningful learning that supports personal progression and economic competitiveness and growth. “

Alasdair Smith, Scotland Director, Creative Skillset

Industry recognised qualifications

The Harris Tweed industry and brand prides itself on the craftsmanship of its mill workers and weavers. Traditionally these have been skills passed down through families, only very rarely in a formal or accredited fashion. 

Working closely with SQA and our local SVQ delivery centre; Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, we have been able to align with existing qualifications and even design a new qualification (National Progression Award in Harris Tweed) relevant to our very unique industry. This partnership has meant we now have age appropriate input across all stages of the formal curriculum and seamless transition routes into post school Modern Apprenticeship for those working in the production mills and SVQ's for the home based, self employed weavers. The Harris Tweed industry has a highly skilled and accredited workforce and this has been a very powerful marketing tool in the highly competitive and global markets we trade in. 

As our sector continues to grow and develop, we look forward to continuing our strong relationship with SQA and its vital local delivery centres.

Lorna Macaulay, Chief Executive, The Harris Tweed Authority

Getting into the industry

Skills for Work: Fashion and Textile Technology National 4

The National 4 Fashion and Textile Technology Course enables learners to develop knowledge of textile properties, characteristics and technologies, item development, fashion/textile trends and factors that affect fashion choice. The Course particularly emphasises the development of practical skills and textile construction techniques to make straightforward fashion/textile items, to an appropriate standard of quality.

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