Fashion brands must capitalize on the attractiveness of digital technologies to tackle the current skills shortage that exists in the garment manufacturing sector, according to manufacturing journalist TR Cutler. Rising labor costs, quality and compliance, along with a need to bring products to market faster, are seeing more brands looking into the possibility of reshoring apparel production. However, as well as ethics and cost, one of the biggest barriers to this happening at scale is a dwindling talent pool.
Cutler explained that the concern is the skills base within the current fashion manufacturing network is ageing. Many of the technical and production skills are dying out or have moved offshore. While apprenticeships are available, uptake is low. In this new digital age, pattern-cutting just is not sexy, and young people simply do not want to work in factories. Creative jobs are growing in popularity as part of a generational change and easy access to digital tools. At the same time, the fashion industry is also undergoing rapid evolution.
About TR Cutler, Inc.
Thomas R. Cutler is the President and CEO of Fort Lauderdale, Florida-based, TR Cutler, Inc., the largest manufacturing communication firm worldwide with four dozen industry experts and thought leaders on staff. Cutler is celebrating the 20-year anniversary of the Manufacturing Media Consortium.
Cutler has authored more than 7,000 articles for a wide range of manufacturing periodicals, industrial publications, and business journals. Cutler is the most published freelance industrial journalist worldwide, and more than 4200 industry leaders follow Cutler on Twitter daily at @ThomasRCutler.
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