LDNfashion favourite Burberry have launched an apprenticeship scheme, which aims to train people in basic manufacturing skills to meet the staffing needs of their last remaining UK factory.
The scheme, which launched two months ago, is linked with an NVQ qualification and will teach school leavers basic manufacturing skills, such as garment making and weaving. The scale of the scheme has not yet been revealed, but a source at Burberry told Drapers that it was “big enough to make a difference to the business”.
Since two of their three UK based production bases closed in 2005 and 2009, Burberry have struggled to find skilled workers to meet the demand of their last remaining production base in Castleford, West Yorkshire. The company were forced to recruit from overseas to keep the factory running, which is where the iconic Burberry trench coats are produced. 650 people are currently employed there and the scheme looks set to increase this number significantly.