Gildan Brands tackles skills shortage in apparel

Following a successful pilot in partnership with TAFE NSW, Gildan Brands has now launched its first Nationally Accredited Printing course.

The course will begin in February 2023. It is intended to teach both practical and theoretical skills for printing apparel.

“This new course is designed to open the door for many aspiring individuals who want to join the industry – gaining invaluable expertise in basic design/file preparation, traditional screen printing and digital direct to garment,” Gildan Brands Australia GM David Hillen said.

“Apparel decorating roles are in demand across Australia, and for many, it’s hard to find a course that teaches both the right skills in both digital and traditional screen-printing.”

You can use the initial certificate from the course as a gateway to a variety of Certificate III specialties within the printing and graphics arts industry. This course is for people who are looking to work in print or related industries or just starting out.

This nationally recognized course consists of 12 competencies that equip students with the knowledge required to perform a wide range of tasks.

Craig Rollins is the head teacher of printing at TAFE NSW Ultimo. (pictured right). TAFE NSW has committed to investing in infrastructure for in-demand skilled workers across the state.

“Collaborating with Gildan Brands has provided a golden opportunity for individuals to upskill and get a qualification in an industry that is continually growing and evolving,” he said.

“The printing industry in Australia is worth $8 billion, and over 4,500 printing businesses are in operation. However, technology is driving digital advancements in our industry too at a rapid pace.”

Hillen stated that digital printing is changing from traditional print to digital. This means there are new ways of thinking, and therefore a need for adaptable printers.

“Screen-Printing is a process that can print on almost anything and has become an in-demand skill across Australia,” Hillen said.

“We are excited to be working with TAFE NSW to provide students with a newly accredited printing course that will ensure they stay at the forefront of printing innovation.”

Gildan Brands, in collaboration with TAFE NSW has been developing and building the next stage for the Gildan Printing Academy. This will provide new learning and job opportunities throughout the country, it stated.

Gildan Brands is seeking expressions of interest in its new course. Details will be released in the coming weeks.

Gildan, a global manufacturer of basic everyday apparel, markets its products across North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific under a portfolio company-owned brands.

Its product range includes quality t-shirts and fleece, jackets, jackets, socks, and other apparel from its brand portfolio, which also includes American Apparel.

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