The textile dyeing industry is experiencing a global skills gap, now reaching crisis point, as younger people fail to enter the profession, says a new survey from the Society of Dyers and Colourists (SDC), Bradford/UK. Lack of knowledge is now harming textile production, and adding to corona virus woes, agreed a majority of over 100 respondents from 14 countries. The SDC has highlighted growing concerns – and a need for more, ongoing workplace education to counter these issues, as agreed by an overwhelming 87%.
Findings state that a third of global employers involved in dyeing and finishing are unable to recruit the talent that they need, with a further 55% of participants claiming that there is a lack of transferable scientific knowledge within the industry. A total of 77% agreed there was a skills crisis and 53% believed this was already at crisis point. Reasons for this were cited as young people having negative perceptions of the industry, or wanting to be designers rather than dyers, alongside a lack of knowledge of the chemistry behind the processes, as well as poorly promoted opportunities in dyeing.
If the gap is not closed, respondents believe that industries will disappear worldwide, quality of finished products will be compromised, and knowledge and expertise will be lost permanently.
Research was carried out in December 2020 and involved employers as well as dyeing and coloration employees at all levels.
For the full report and further information: www.sdc.org.uk/whitepaper