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Brief Published: 4 Mar 2020

Burberry to Upskill Staff with New Training Facility


The British luxury label is investing in its workforce as well as the local community of Castleford (where Burberry has manufactured its products for over five decades) by opening a new training facility in collaboration with the UK Fashion and Textile Association.

Having produced many of its iconic macs in the Yorkshire town for more than 50 years, the Centre for Manufacturing Excellence will be used to upskill current and new employees, and serve as a space to educate and nurture local talent.

Stating that it wishes to “protect the artisanal skills that underpin Yorkshire’s textile community”, Burberry is committed to investing in British manufacturing and fostering the next generation of UK talent, as well as supporting local textile manufacturers and suppliers. It’s a smart decision on Burberry’s part to ensure that its workforce is constantly learning and growing, as manufacturing technologies and practices continue to evolve at a rapid pace.

Additionally, as the brand begins to prioritise sustainability through carbon-neutral fashion shows and charitable donations, keeping as much of its production and fabric sourcing in the UK as possible will help to offset its carbon footprint, and ensure that it’s giving back to the supply chain.

As technologies evolve and sustainability becomes a primary focus, brands are increasingly looking to upskill and re-educate their staff internally to improve their workforces and products. Burberry is wise to set up this training facility within its own manufacturing premises, as this not only benefits the company, but also the local community that the brand has been a part of for decades. See New Rules, New Roles for more.