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The State of Skills in the Apparel Industry

2018 Report by MOTIF and Alvanon
“We are in a war for talent. Not as many candidates have the specialised skill set for the job.”
Sarah McConnell-Haynes
Sourcing Manager, Carters
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of business leaders rank employee learning and skills development as key business issue

73%

of business leaders rank employee learning and skills development as key business issue

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of employees feel satisfied with current training

34%

of employees feel satisfied with current training

Training Needs by Area

Technical Design / Product Development 90%
Process Management 88%
Production 88%
Technical Apparel Making 88%
Merchandising 87%
Designer 84%
Sourcing 83%
Sustainability/CSR 79%
Buying 75%
Logistics 74%
Retail Operation 65%
Retail Visual Merchandising 65%

* Source:  “The State of Skills in the Apparel Industry” 2018 Report, by MOTIF and Alvanon

Is there a skills gap in the apparel industry?

Alvanon and MOTIF conducted a global survey to understand the current sentiment around industry skills and to gauge the importance placed on continuous professional development and lifelong learning. With the support of a strong network of industry organisations, we polled executives, HR leaders, industry practitioners and employees across the apparel value chain to find out.

“Improving the apparel industry by upping its skills is, ultimately, a collective responsibility shared between all players in the value chain and the individual professionals themselves.”

Janice Wang
CEO, Alvanon
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