Textiles centre to open

This story was written as part of BBC News Young Reporter Day on Wednesday 6 March 2019. 

Written by Irvine Welsh


It’s the ‘reel’ thing! Hawick High School is getting a new textile department,  the Scottish Borders Council said it was an “important step” in creating closer links between education and the industry sector. David Hamilton, of Johnston’s of Elgin, said ” the location of the center at a school made perfect sense.”

The scheme which is being led by the council was given £610,000 from the Scottish government to use on making the new center.

“The Centre of excellence will provide industry skills of all levels, from hand-finishing to business and sales, and for a wide range of people, including school leavers, the long-term unemployed and those who used to work in the industry,” said council executive member Mark Rowley.

The textiles Centre is due to open in 2019.

The employees working within the industry can be from any age group, giving younger people the chance to enhance their skills within the textiles industry.

This is an amazing opportunity which could help create jobs needed within the area, as well as improving the growth of the textile industry within Hawick.