MP Moore in town to give textiles apprenticeship scheme thumbs up

LOCAL MP Michael Moore is expected to give a ringing endorsement to the town’s textile industry apprenticeship scheme during a visit to Hawick today.

The Secretary of State for Scotland will be meeting with apprentices and leading figures in the knitwear industry during tours around Peter Scott, Hawick Cashmere and the Textile Towerhouse.

It comes following the launch of a textiles apprenticeship scheme in October and on the back of an employment seminar held in the town earlier this year.

Mr Moore told the Hawick News yesterday: “This is a chance to meet with the guys who are delivering these apprenticeships and the other agencies involved in the programme.

“I hope this sends out a very strong signal to young people and people across the town that for all the challenges the industry has faced in recent years, and for all the challenges that still exist, we are confident about the future and want a highly skilled workforce to be a part of that.”

The scheme aims to recruit and train new talent to the industry and was set up, with the help of Skillset, by Robin Deas from the House of Cheviot and Mike Wilson from the Scottish Borders Exporters’ Association alongside other knitwear manufacturers from the town, including: Hawick Knitwear, Hawick Cashmere, Peter Scott, Johnstons of Elgin, Barrie, William Lockie and Co and Scott and Charters, as well as Borders firms Eribe, Caerlee Mills, Kearse and Boys and Lochcarron.

It is hoped the Skillset Apprenticeship will go a long way to saving the industry’s traditional skills.