Gildan Brands tackles skills shortage in apparel

Attire producer Gildan Manufacturers has formally launched the primary Nationally Accredited Printing Course following a profitable pilot earlier this yr, at the side of TAFE NSW.

The brand new course, commencing in late February 2023, is designed to supply sensible and theoretical abilities required for printing on attire, and will likely be delivered via a mixture of each face-to-face and on-line studying.

“This new course is designed to open the door for a lot of aspiring people who wish to be a part of the business – gaining invaluable experience in primary design/file preparation, conventional display screen printing and digital direct to garment,” Gildan Manufacturers Australia GM David Hillen mentioned.

“Attire adorning roles are in demand throughout Australia, and for a lot of, it’s arduous to discover a course that teaches each the fitting abilities in each digital and conventional screen-printing.”

The preliminary qualification from the course can be utilized as a pathway into a spread of specialist Certificates III {qualifications} throughout the printing and graphic arts area. It’s designed for individuals who are beginning out or searching for work inside print or associated industries.

This nationally recognised course contains 12 competencies designed to equip college students with the data and abilities required to carry out a spread of duties, together with studying to work with Adobe applications and the newest digital equipment, equivalent to direct-to-garment printing and dye sublimation printing units.

TAFE NSW Ultimo head instructor of printing Craig Rollins (pictured proper) mentioned TAFE NSW is dedicated to investing in infrastructure to handle in-demand abilities throughout the state.

“Collaborating with Gildan Manufacturers has supplied a golden alternative for people to upskill and get a qualification in an business that’s frequently rising and evolving,” he mentioned.

“The printing business in Australia is price $8 billion, and over 4,500 printing companies are in operation. Nonetheless, know-how is driving digital developments in our business too at a fast tempo.”

Hillen added that the shift from conventional to digital print means there’s a want for brand spanking new methods of pondering and a requirement for adaptable printers.

“Display screen-Printing is a course of that may print on virtually something and has turn into an in-demand ability throughout Australia,” Hillen mentioned.

“We’re excited to be working with TAFE NSW to supply college students with a newly accredited printing course that may guarantee they keep on the forefront of printing innovation.”

Alongside its collaboration with TAFE NSW, Gildan Manufacturers has been constructing and creating the following stage of the Gildan Printing Academy, which it mentioned will convey new job and studying alternatives nationwide.

Gildan Manufacturers is at present searching for expressions of curiosity for its new course and can launch particular course particulars within the coming weeks.

Gildan is a worldwide producer of on a regular basis primary attire which markets its merchandise in North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific and Latin America underneath a portfolio of Firm-owned manufacturers.

In Australia, its product providing features a assortment of high quality t-shirts, fleece, jackets and socks from its portfolio of manufacturers together with the not too long ago acquired American Attire.

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