Page last updated at 15:19 GMT, Tuesday, 27 April 2010 16:19 UK

Pupils offered new qualification in Harris Tweed

Judy R Clark designed dress
The award gives pupils an introduction to weaving and production techniques

The first national qualification in Harris Tweed has been approved by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA).

Taught in four units, the National Progression Award is aimed at school pupils and college students.

It is the equivalent to an intermediate two, or credit level at Standard Grade.

Sir E Scott School on Harris helped to put together the award, which provides introductions to weaving and production techniques.

Western Isles council, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, and people working in the Harris Tweed industry were also involved.

Calum Mackay, depute head teacher at Sir E Scott School, said the qualification would complement efforts to train new weavers.

'Very grateful'

Last month, 12 people started training as weavers of Harris Tweed amid fears about the industry's ageing workforce.

The trainees have been studying a course in Stornoway developed by Cardonald College in Glasgow.

An SVQ Level 1 in manufacturing textile products was adapted for Harris Tweed weavers.

Mr Mackay said the new schools qualification would give students an appreciation of opportunities in the industry.

He said: "We are very grateful for the support received from various sectors of the industry, from local funding providers and from the Scottish Qualifications Authority in the development of this award."



Print Sponsor


SEE ALSO
Weaver training to help industry
02 Mar 10 |  Highlands and Islands
Worries over ageing weavers aired
09 Dec 09 |  Highlands and Islands
Highlands charge on style awards
27 Oct 09 |  Highlands and Islands
Unravelling the "Big Cloth" story
21 Oct 09 |  Highlands and Islands
Doctor Who jacket choice praised
21 Jul 09 |  Highlands and Islands
Doctor Who assistant is unveiled
29 May 09 |  Entertainment
Catwalk showcase for Harris Tweed
05 Mar 09 |  Highlands and Islands

RELATED INTERNET LINKS
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

FROM OTHER NEWS SITES
Stornoway Gazette Celtic Media Festival 2011 to return to Isles - 43 hrs ago


FEATURES, VIEWS, ANALYSIS
Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit

BBC navigation

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific