The industry has had a wide range of educational activities available to employees, these have included TSA-led courses, internal courses, and external consultancy run courses.
In 2017, Textile Services Association undertook a comprehensive review of the industry-wide training accessible to TSA members. This was run through the HR & Training Knowledge Network set up in early 2017. The HR & Training Knowledge Network brings together like-minded people that have the skills to review, develop and deliver education to the industry as a whole.
The training review included offerings from external consultants such as Laundry Technology Centre Worldwide, internal company courses from TSA members, the examinations available from the Guild of Cleaners and Launderers, the Textile Care Services Apprenticeship under development and, of course, TSA's own courses such as the staple Textile Rental Management Course.
Education and careers within the textile care services sector sit close to the heart of every strategic manager within the industry. The entire industry is keen to ensure textile care services are future-proofed with enough young people coming in and enough platforms to help new entrants achieve the necessary skills package.
There are so many career opportunities to be followed in the industry, with many listed down the right-hand side of this page, and the leaders want to ensure that those paths are supported with an inspiring continuous development pathway.
TSA has supported the industry in the development of an English apprenticeship at operator entry level. This is just the starting point and the HR & Training Knowledge Network at the TSA will be reviewing and devising a strategy to provide clear development paths across all the disciplines within the business.