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Huddersfield & District Textile Training Co Ltd

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General Information
The date when the cluster organisation was established: 
Thursday, 1 January, 1976
Number of staff in the management team of the cluster organisation : 
21-30
Regions: 
West Yorkshire
Cluster Excellence Label: 
Other
Other Label: 
ISO9001:2000 Matrix and Customer First
Membership to other networks/partnerships: 
Cluster Management Team: 
NameSurnamePositionTelephoneEmail
Bill
Macbeth
Cluster Manager
+441484346500
billmacbeth@textile-training.com
Andrea
Philipson
ECCP Responsible Person
+441484346500
andreaphilipson@textile-training.com
Martin
Jenkins
ECCP Responsible Person
+441484346500
martinjenkins@textile-training.com
Languages spoken: 
English
Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Apparel
Leather and Related Products
Technology fields: 
Advanced Textile Materials
Clean Production / Green Technologies
S3 EU priority areas: 
Advanced manufacturing systems
Textiles, wearing apparel & leather& related products
Emerging industries: 
Creative Industries
Environmental Industries
Areas of specialisation of the cluster not covered above: 
Training and Research & Development for Technical Textiles
Composition of the cluster
Total number of members: 
96
Number of SME members: 
96
Number of larger company members: 
0
Number of research organisations/universities/technology centres: 
3
Number of other ecosystem actors : 
0
Entrepreneurship and scale-up support facilities in the cluster's ecosystem (see "Organisation type"): 
Name and link of major players: 
Cluster Strategy
Mission/Objectives: 

“To develop and provide access to a broad range of top quality workforce development and business support services to individuals, member organisations, client companies and the local community. Working closely with private and public sector partners to bring forward new learning opportunities, encouraging inclusion and participation and supporting personal and economic development.”    

Do you have a formalised strategy?: 
Yes
Do you have a specific strategy focus that addresses internationalisation ?: 
No
Services
Support services provided: 
Access to public support (regional/national programmes, innovation vouchers, etc.)
Access to technology services
Facilitation of collaboration between members
Promotion of activities (marketing/ visibility)
Provision and facilitation of access to training for members
Details of support services: 

Membership Services  The Textile Centre of Excellence is a not for profit, membership based organisation. It serves the needs of the textile and apparel manufacturers across the UK. It is the national Group Training Association for textiles, fashion, apparel and technical textile manufacturers and suppliers. As a member of the Textile Centre of Excellence, you can access the following benefits:  Strategy A seat on our Management Committee, providing guidance and representation for your organisation’s interests; Full voting rights at our AGM on Board Director nominations and approvals; Ensuring that the Centre represents the best interests of the manufacturers across the sector; Federated membership of the UKFT – the UK voice for the industry (we hold two board positions); Access to Euratex – the representative body for European textile and clothing issues – we are its lead partner in the UK; Access to Climate Change Levy programme via UKFT at discounted rates.    Funding Access to local, regional, UK and European funding for sector related skills, between 50% and 100% in some cases; Funding support for capital investment, R&D and skills development using the latest funding frameworks; Funding clarity – support with bid writing, matching services and assistance to secure public funding; Experts in funding for apprenticeships and vocational programmes that can react to the changes in your business needs;    Skills A one-stop shop for industry support on skills including apprenticeships, vocational training, bespoke and niche provision; In-house Business Development team to explore the skills needs of your business and support all training requirements; A wide range of national accredited programmes across 10 occupational areas from office work to commission weaving; Delivery of short, bespoke, niche provision in your workplace to meet the demands of your business; First stage candidate skills assessments for new recruits;      Recruitment Member-only recruitment service for job adverts and apprenticeship recruitment; Initial advertisement, application sifting, first stage contact, interviewing, screening and referral processes for members; Legal advice on apprenticeship recruitment, trial periods and contract of employment; Access to Pre-Apprenticeship Programmes for learners prior to undertaking a commitment to employment; Free advertisement for members’ adverts through our social media, websites, online platforms and local job centres;        Technical Facilities                                                                         (Prices for commercial/sample work on request) Technical workshop featuring warping and weaving facilities Fully equipped textile testing laboratory Access to the world’s first weaving system for 3-Dimensional Weaving for R&D project and product development Access to the world’s first Laser Plasma machine for fabric surface enhancement projects and product development Access to our industry approved textile testing laboratory including tensile strength, abrasion, light-box, FR and colour; Access to our forensic laboratory for anti-counterfeiting fabric testing using our unique DNA sequencing Access to our Cut, Make and Trim unit for apparel clothing production.    Conferencing & Facilities Hire                  (Prices for commercial/sample work on request) Access to the Centre’s state-of-the-art conferencing facilities (rooms available to hire – prices/room sizes vary); Video conferencing, hearing induction loop and fully disabled friendly Conference Centre – all on one level; Five star food hygiene rating from Kirklees Metropolitan Borough Council with on-site catering facilities for all occasions;    Sector Information Opportunity to access our free ‘Health and Safety check’ (1 hour) undertaken by our Safety Consultant & Advisor; Information on new developments and new opportunities via the Centre’s newsletter; Free health & safety training day for any apprentices registered with the Centre’s apprenticeship scheme; Expert help to identify opportunities for public/private financial support through Government initiatives; Support with tender applications and bid writing for Government schemes, as appropriate; Authorised use of the Centre’s two logos for the Centre and the GTA membership on Letterheads and formal documents.    Training Services Average 15% saving on the prices of all commercial programmes - strictly for member companies Advice and assistance with the training of your employees; Advice and assistance with the recruitment of employees for apprenticeship programmes; From induction and craft training to supervisory, management development and leadership skills training; Fully funded apprenticeship training for your 16-18 year old employees / Part funded for your 19+ year old employees; Qualified, expert help to design and deliver in-company staff development programmes; Access to a full range of Occupational Health, Safety & Welfare services at discounted membership rates; Access to a full range of Information Technology training services at discounted membership rates.    

Cooperation Activities
International Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
None
Trans-national Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
Belgium
Italy
Spain
Our cluster organisation undertook the following trans-national activities to support our members: 
Support to collaborative activities/etc.
Which clusters do you collaborate with?: 
Euratex
UKFT
Clustem
Support Programmes
Participation in Funded Support Programmes: 
European ProgrammesProject NameName & Description (Regional/National)
H2020
CIP/COSME
INTERREG
Other

Projects in 2016 Eco Innovation Status: Approved.  Completed January 2016 The project aimed to accelerate the commercialisation of the MLSE technology through comprehensive market and competitor technology analysis, business planning, promotion and the establishment of the first commercial MLSE system/facility.  The project was visited by the EU project Manager in June 2015.  All objectives have been met, and the final project report will be submitted this month. Textile & Clothing Business Labs (TCBL) Status: Approved. Started July 2015 (4 years duration) TCBL is a major project funded by the EU Horizon 2020 Research and Development instrument.  TCBL aims to transform the textile and clothing industries and bring production capacity back to Europe by applying new business approaches which support local design and production, reducing our sector’s impact on the environment. Around the world, customers are increasingly choosing clothes based on their ethical and environmental credentials and demanding more personalised and customised products.  New commercial technologies and production processes offer opportunities to create innovative new business models that can harness the creative energies of local communities to meet those customers’ needs in a fast-growing, global market. For most people and most companies, opportunities to adopt new methodologies are restricted by everyday business pressures.  Acting alone, the cost and risk of experimentation is simply too high.   TCBL is introducing and supporting new approaches to product design, production and sales, creating new ‘laboratories’ for design and manufacturing including partnership activity focussed on specific localities,  TCBL’s ‘Associates Programme’ will engage the wider community to establish:

  • A network of ‘Business Labs’ based on emerging markets and trends, to illustrate the potential for creating new business models;
  • ‘Business Pilots’, featuring  real enterprises of different sizes, drawing ‘roadmaps’ of transition from traditional to new business models based on new commercial and production technologies;
  • Virtual Knowledge Spaces and a variety of customised Business Services to support all aspects of Lab and the Pilot operations.

TCBL will issue Calls for Expressions of Interest  in January each year from 2016 to 2019 and will also support a number of new business start-ups from 2017.   The lead partner is the Municipality of Prato.  There are 14 other partners including the TCoE ‘Clustem’: Status: Approved.  Started January 2016 (2 years duration). The project is about empowering clusters management and services in Textile and Machinery sectors, and  aims to boost Textile and Machinery Clusters and Associations competencies in management and services provided to associated SMEs, enabling them to increase international networking and reach excellence in management and cross border cooperation. The Centre will self-assess against a European Standard and then be ‘benchmarked’ by an expert before undertaking various training modules, visiting ‘gold standard’ clusters and agreeing a development programme to improve performance. The project is funded under the ERU COSME fund.  The Lead Partner is  NTT - Next Technology Tecnotessile (Italy).  Other partners include ATEVAL - Assosiacion de Empresarios Textiles de la Regiona Valenciana  (Spain), WCM – Is ve Insaat Makineleri Kumelenme Dernegi (Turkey) The project is scheduled to complete in December 2017.                        ‘Extroskills’   Status: Approved. Started January 2016 (2.5 years duration).   The project concerns the design and implementation of a new ICT based training programme providing fashion export marketing skills.  Developing the curriculum, piloting the training and the delivery/networking platform/portal which will also share advice, experience and concerns and employment opportunities.  Establishing cross sector qualification to a European standard. Pilot testing with 20 individuals for each partner and evaluation.   The project is funded under the EU Erasmus+ programme. The lead partner is the Hellenic Fashion Industry Association (Greece).  Other partners include GNOSI (National based Development Agency), Thessaloniki Greece, TEXFOR (Textile Industry Confederation), Catalonia, Spain, the Technical University of IASI, Romania and Euratex, Brussels.   The project is scheduled to complete in March 2018.       RESET Status: Approved.  ( 26 months duration) The objective of the project is to generate a policy change in the implementation of regional policies and programmes of the Structural Funds related to the strengthening of research, technological development and innovation to assure the sustainability of the T&C sector within the partner regions. It will be achieved through policy learning and capacity building activities on public policies supporting innovative, green and sustainable T&C production and processes. The learning potential embedded in interregional exchange will result in the uptake of new good practices and projects by the partner regions enabling to support excellence in R&D, to promote investments by enterprises, to develop innovative skills of T&C stakeholders, and in a deeper integration between research and innovation policies for the sector’s sustainability.   Sustainability driven research and innovation will concentrate on production processes and product development, by: • improving recycling and reducing waste disposal • decreasing water consumption and allowing energy saving • reducing the environmental impact of the chemical substances used by the sector • accompanying the industrial reconversion efforts towards smart sustainable textiles • promoting the utilisation of natural fibres and locally produced raw materials • fostering eco-creativity for new applications.   The project is funded under the Interreg (ERDF) programme. The lead partner is the Municipality of Prato. There are 8 other partners including the TCoE. The project is scheduled to start on 1st April 2016 and complete in June 2018.                

SFA funding for apprenticeships in textiles, warehousing and business administration. Structural Funds through the Regional Government

Promotion
Success Story / Achievements: 

Textile Innovation Programme 2009-2014 The Textile Innovation Programme was a demanding, fascinating and highly relevant project for the Centre to administer.  As a non-typical (small, private sector and not-for-profit) organisation to contract for this type of activity, the Centre faced a number of challenges including the cash-flow management of such a significant project, but was able to deliver a successful programme due to its robust financial management systems and excellent links with the textile manufacturing industry in Yorkshire. The target for Business Intensive Assists has been exceeded with both business creations and job creations also recorded.   The programme has reached its primary target audience, and beyond. Opportunities for future developments are likely to arise regionally, nationally and internationally. While  not all of the performance targets have not been met within the lifetime of the programme, due to the timescale for developing some of the key new technologies to a point where industry could engage, development continues and companies are still activively involved and remain very keen to adopt adopt the new technologies into their manufacturing operations. The three primary strands of the programme offer a wide range of sector applications across traditional textile and apparel sectors but also other sectors including aerospace, automotive, materials processing and medical applications.  While the development timetable for some sectors, such as medical, require years of continuous development before market adoption and implementation, others offer much more immediate opportunities for the introduction of radical new products and processes. Throughout the lifetime of the project, development has been steered by the industry to concentrate on near to market applications.  This has ensured the relevance, and ultimately the value and return on investment of this radical and important project.    

Why should partners choose you for cooperation?: 
  • Membership organisation with 90+ Textile and Clothing company members;
  • 38 year history of supporting the Textile and Clothing sectors with training, business support, R&D;
  • State of the art R&D facilities;
  • 3 leading edge (disruptive) technology platforms;
  • Textile Innovation Knowledge Platform;
  • Significant experience in funded EU/UK project management and delivery;
  • Experience in supporting new fashion and textile design and manufacture start up businesses (incubation);
  • Widely networked in EU H2020/Euratex/R&D community (member of Euratex DG Group, Euratex Board of Directors and European Technology Platform Governing Council).

Our Cluster works closely with a number of academic institutions across the UK, most notably with The Universities of Huddersfield, Sheffield, Leeds and Oxford Brookes. We have worked on a number of shared programmes with the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) in Sheffield and have current projects and programmes with MTiX for laser and plasma treatment applications.   The Centre operates as the national Group Training Association for the Fashion, Textile and Apparel and Technical Textile sectors across England. The GTA provides national coverage for skills development in industry, working directly with employers to support the growing needs of the workforce.