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Patrick Grant launches Future Textiles London

By Mark Hayhurst 27 Feb 2019

Patrick Grant, the Savile Row tailor and judge of television’s The Great British Sewing Bee, helped to launch The Prince’s Foundation’s fashion and textiles education programme for London secondary school pupils.

Grant launched Future Textiles London, an extension of a successful initiative by The Prince of Wales’s charity, alongside Jacqueline Farrell, co-founder of the Future Textiles programme that has has catered for thousands of pupils over five years at Dumfries House in Scotland.

Workshops at Trinity Buoy Wharf in Tower Hamlets will run in line with a model that has already encouraged dozens of graduates into further education and employment in fashion and textiles across the UK. The programme is part of a larger education initiative which will be run by The Prince’s Foundation at Trinity Buoy Wharf, which will also feature training in other traditional craft skills such as stonemasonry, pargetting and thatching.

Jacqueline Farrell said: “Although Future Textiles London will share similar principles and objectives with the established programme at Dumfries House in Scotland, it has been designed to complement the teaching and curriculum in place at schools in London and throughout the rest of England.

“Our hope is that pupils learning on workshops at Future Textiles London can develop the skills to aid their existing education in textiles and that they can be inspired to pursue further such study and, eventually, gain work in that field.

“Our objective is to address a glaring skills gap in the textiles industry by providing training workshops for secondary school teachers and pupils, as well as those seeking employability skills.”

The Prince’s Foundation’s Future Textiles programme aims to breathe fresh talent into the UK’s fashion and textiles industry. Thousands of school pupils have engaged in the programme at Dumfries House near Cumnock since October 2014. Pupils who show particular aptitude on workshops are selected to enrol on the prestigious Future 30 programme, an advanced certificated course that has proven to increase their chances of gaining a place in further education and, later, employment.

Future Textiles forms a key element of the vision of His Royal Highness The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay, who used £20million of his charitable foundation’s money in 2007 to secure the future of Dumfries House and use it to help people engage in learning experiences that promote confidence and personal development as well as offer training in real-life skills to open up future employment opportunities.

Schools can enquire about Future Textiles London by emailing education@princes-foundation.org

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