In a bid to combat a sewing skills shortage, we are hosting a Sewing Skills Event on Monday 23 January at our Head Office in Stoneclough Manchester where everyone, no matter your skill level, will be taught the basics of sewing. As a leading British manufacturer for over 40 years, we have noticed a genuine shortage of skilled people, who can operate a sewing machine and carry out technical finishing work, to ensure the continuation of its British manufacturing operations.

Raj Ruia, managing director said, “It is a sad reality that we no longer have individuals entering the workplace with the practical skills we require, such as cutting, sewing and embroidery - all of which are fundamental to our production process. In a world where so many manufacturing lines are turning to AI and robots, and the education system is less focused on equipping students with hands-on skills, we still very much need and want to employ people. It is due to our skilled seamstresses that our products are of the highest quality and our talented team ensures that we continue to surpass the industry standard.”

However, with some of its machinists having been employed for over 40 years, Richard Haworth is now looking to recruit and train up the next generation of employees to join its manufacturing team, and work across its various sewing and hemming stations.

During Richard Haworth’s event, taking place on Monday 23 January 2023, participants will learn how to use a sewing machine and be taught how to hem a tablecloth and create a pillowcase, overseen by production supervisor, Sharon Stevenson. There is no prerequisite for attendance or prior sewing experience or knowledge required.

Councillor for Kearsley Ward, Tracey Wilkinson, is backing the event, which is set to be attended by The Mayor of Bolton, Councillor Akhtar Zaman.

Councillor Wilkinson said: “Encouraging British manufacturing is so important for creating job opportunities in the local area and providing tangible skills to future generations. I personally am unable to machine sew but often wish I could because it would open my skill set for repairing and making my own products, such handmade clothes, which I am a big advocate for.

“I cannot encourage people enough to upskill themselves and potentially find new employment too.”

The event is free to attend, simply complete our registration for by Clicking here