SDC: Formal, on-the-job education is more imp...

Formal, on-the-job education is more important than ever

(Source: SDC)
(Source: SDC)

The SDC has urged companies and organizations to commit to upskilling staff and secure a brighter future for the global industry. This follows the release of the SDC Education Survey 2023 in which an overwhelming majority of coloration professionals in 25 countries underlined the value of color education to organizations.
A total of 82 of the survey’s 105 respondents (78%) agreed that current, difficult times for dyeing and coloration mean it is more important than ever that employers educate their workforces, funding qualifications for key personnel. Other key findings in a white paper centered on the survey, now available to download, included:
•    73.3% of respondents stated that their own organization’s success was linked with technical, educational attainment,
•    60% of those surveyed felt their own organization prioritizes formal, on-the-job education where appropriate,
•    more than 3 quarters of participants (76.1%) said their employer appreciated the benefit of having well-qualified staff.
However, the questionnaire also revealed difficulties in committing to paying for courses for employees, and perhaps some negative attitudes to color education:
•    nearly half of respondents (46.6%) believe harsh trading conditions are making it hard or impossible for companies to fund learn-while-you-earn opportunities,
•    however, almost a quarter of professionals asked (23.8%) felt their workplace could fund qualifications but chose not to,
•    48.5% stated that their company or organization could be performing better, and that this was linked with underqualified or underexperienced personnel.
Early in 2021 the Society of Dyers and Colourists (SDC), Bradford/UK, published its global Skills Survey in which 71% of participants agreed there was a worldwide shortage of knowledgeable coloration professionals.
While student numbers on the SDC online learning register remain steady, there is certainly scope for more companies to get behind education as a driver to secure better times ahead.
The SDC offers Foundation Textile Coloration Certificate and Textile Coloration Certificate (FTCC/TCC) and the honors degree equivalent Associateship of the SDC (ASDC) leading to Chartered Colourist (CCol) status, as well as a range of short courses, all detailed on the organization’s Colour Network.

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