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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

Take our new State of Skills global survey!

Since 2018, how much progress has the industry made to equip its workforce with the necessary skills to tackle today and tomorrow’s challenges? How much importance is placed on continuous professional development and lifelong learning? 

MOTIF, with the renewed support of Alvanon and a strong network of industry associations, wants to find out. 
 Executives, HR leaders, industry practitioners and employees across the apparel value chain, we need your insight!

“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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