About Us

Established... 1976 by a group of local textile manufacturers.
Mission... To unite the local textile industry in a joint approach to skills development and training.
Ownership... Owned and run by the industry as a not-for-profit organisation.
Structure... Eight non-executive Board Directors plus our Managing Director oversee the business.
Focus... R&D, Skills, Training and Apprenticeships to meet industry demand.
Employs... Currently 20 full time staff.
Location... Based in the heart of the UK woollen worsted industry: Huddersfield.
Membership... Currently 92 textile & apparel manufacturing members in the UK.

The Textile Centre of Excellence is a private, not for profit business. The Board of Directors is made up of 8 local business leaders from textile manufacturers that, both locally and globally, supply the world’s premier fashion houses and technical fabric markets. The business has changed significantly since its inception in 1976 and is proud to represent the sector as the Textile Centre of Excellence, a £2 million development located in the heart of the UK textile sector, Huddersfield. The organisation is heavily involved in R&D projects with ESF and ERDF funding. It is the recognised national Group Training Association (GTA) and provides a wide range of training and development for employees within the textile, fashion and apparel sector. The Centre boasts unrivalled production facilities including:

  • a textile manufacturing workshop for commission warping and weaving operations;
  • two research and product-testing laboratories including authentication technology;
  • a fully equipped clothing studio for bespoke suit manufacture;
  • information technology training facilities;
  • award winning multi-media meeting and conferencing facilities;
  • access to innovative, leading edge technology for the textile sector.

The Centre offers quality assured, flexible training at all levels from pre entry traineeship to foundation degree equivalent programmes. The Centre is a recognised BS EN ISO 9001: 2008 organisation, holds the ‘Matrix’ standard for Information, Advance and Guidance (IAG) and has secured the Creative Skillset Industry Tick for industry relevant training and skills provision.

Recruitment & Advertising Supporting members with job adverts, marketing vacancies and workforce development.
Pre-Entry Skills (Traineeships) Pre-industry skills assessments - helping young individuals become 'work ready'.
Textiles & Apparel Training Development of bespoke programmes for industry (such as weaving, stitching etc.).
Apprenticeships In-company, employed apprenticeship provision to train and assess competence.
Occupational Health Employee medical screening: audiometry, spirometry and vision screening (plus others).
Safety Consultancy IOSH, NEBOSH and CIEH accredited training as well as site safety surveys and analysis.
ICT Wide range of Microsoft based ICT training packages, accredited and bespoke.
Fork Lift Truck On site RTITB accredited fork lift truck theory and practical training.
Leadership & Management Accredited ILM programmes from levels 2 to 4 in a range of management disciplines.
Conferencing & Room Hire State-of-the-art conferencing arena with 5 star catering availability at competitive prices.

The Centre operates as a Group Training Association and works closely with its member firms to ensure the voice of the industry steers skills development. The Textile Centre of Excellence also works with a range of public and private sector organisations to help develop activity to stimulate innovation and to enhance skills in areas of relevance to the region’s manufacturing industry.

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textile & fashion Apprenticeships 2007/2008




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