Hawick Cashmere’s commitment to training the workforce of tomorrow impressed the Secretary of State for Scotland during a visit last week.
Former Liberal Democrat chief whip Alistair Carmichael accompanied his colleague Hawick MP Michael Moore –whom he replaced as Scottish Secretary during a cabinet reshuffle – on a tour of the mill last Thursday morning.
And at the Duke Street factory, a focus on the success of apprenticeships ensured that Mr Carmichael left with a good impression.
Mr Moore and Mr Carmichael heard how the company is making the most of apprenticeships to aid their global succees, as well as how the company exports across the world and has stores in Edinburgh, London, Tokyo and Zurich.
Mr Moore said: “I was pleased to join the Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael on a visit to Hawick Cashmere to highlight the importance of apprentices, an issue I have been campaigning on for many years. Hawick Cashmere is a fantastic local company and it was great to see how they are making the most of apprenticeships to train up the next generation of skilled workers.”
Also speaking highly of the mill, whilst stating that the Lib Dem’s have made apprentices one of their top priorities, Mr Carmichael, said: “Apprenticeships are a ticket to a great job and a exciting future. From April we are providing a £45m boost for business, encouraging them to take on more apprentices and ensure more young Scots find employment in the large and diverse UK labour market.”
Speaking after the visit, Hawick Cashmere’s deputy chairman David Sanderson added: “We were happy to welcome Mr Moore and the Scottish Secretary, and after a chat, most of the time was spent touring the factory and meeting our employees.”
And with a focus on the mill hiring four or five apprentices every year, Mr Sanderson added: “They both seemed struck by the usefulness of our training schemes.”