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, along with TAFE NSW.

The brand new course, commencing in late February 2023, is designed to supply sensible and theoretical expertise required for printing on attire, and will probably be delivered by a mix 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 need to be a part of the trade – gaining invaluable experience in primary design/file preparation, conventional display screen printing and digital direct to garment,” Gildan Manufacturers Australia GM David Hillen stated.

“Attire adorning roles are in demand throughout Australia, and for a lot of, it’s laborious to discover a course that teaches each the proper expertise 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} inside the printing and graphic arts area. It’s designed for individuals who are beginning out or looking for work inside print or associated industries.

This nationally recognised course includes 12 competencies designed to equip college students with the data and expertise required to carry out a spread of duties, together with studying to work with Adobe packages and the most recent digital equipment, equivalent to direct-to-garment printing and dye sublimation printing gadgets.

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

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

“The printing trade in Australia is price $8 billion, and over 4,500 printing companies are in operation. Nonetheless, expertise is driving digital developments in our trade 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 considering and a requirement for adaptable printers.

“Display screen-Printing is a course of that may print on virtually something and has grow to be an in-demand ability throughout Australia,” Hillen stated.

“We’re excited to be working with TAFE NSW to supply college students with a newly accredited printing course that can 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 stated will convey new job and studying alternatives nationwide.

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

Gildan is a world 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 just lately acquired American Attire.