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Skills gap in the industry at a crisis point: SDC survey


Global skills gap in the textile dyeing industry is now reaching a crisis point, as younger people fail to enter the profession, says a new survey by the Society of Dyers and Colorists (SDC). As Textile World, around 87 per cent respondents in the SDC survey highlighted growing concerns of the industry and ongoing workplace education to counter these issues.

One third global employers involved in dyeing and finishing reported being unable to recruit the required talent with a further 55 percent of participants claiming that there is a lack of transferable scientific knowledge within the industry. Almost 77 per cent agreed there was a skills crisis and 53 per cent believed this was already at crisis point. Reasons for this included negative perceptions that young people had of the industry alongside a lack of knowledge of the chemistry behind the processes, as well as poorly promoted opportunities in dyeing. Suggestions for increasing the international talent pool included introducing online learning globally, dedicated support from governments, and working together to promote apprenticeship roles.