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Community | 28th August 2021

FTS management duo gain prestigious degree


TWO local dyers have become the first to graduate from a revised industry-leading dyeing-specific degree.

Langholm locals Alistair Little and James Blackburn of FTS Dyers, are two of just five technical colouration professionals to graduate with the Society of
Dyers and Colourists’ new-style ASDC qualification.

The new-style course is unique, being the only bachelors level certification that solely focuses on the chemistry of textile colouration, was piloted by the globally recognised Society of Dyers and Colourists in 2017.

Lasting three to four years, the course was completed using online study and exams taken remotely.

Both Alistair and James, who received a special mention from the exam board, EQAB, for his academic effort, completed the course in three years.

Alistair, 27, as the student with the most meritorious results, received the discretionary president’s diploma of honour.

He said: “The ASDC has given me an in-depth understanding of the processes that occur within my work, which will benefit my employer and my own career in a number of ways.

“When I got all my results, I was incredibly proud of myself, it’s proved to me what I am capable of.”

James added: “I’m delighted to have achieved it, very few people have and to be part of FTS Dyers, the only dye house to have three people hold the ASDC qualification and be chartered colourists is something to be proud of.

“I’ll now look to use this to help FTS Dyers recover from the pandemic.”

There are six modules – colour physics, chemistry of colourants, dyeing of natural fibres, dyeing of synthetic fibres, dyeing theory and textile printing.

This is a revised module structure, featuring dyeing theory and textile printing for the first time, and under the invigilation of a new external examiner, Prof Martin Bide.

SDC technical director, Andrew Filarowski said: “It’s vital to the industry that talented professionals are given the correct scientific foundation that will allow them to continue to innovate and advance the sector.

“Without this knowledge being provided to up-and-coming technicians, vital skills and techniques will be lost forever.

“The updated ASDC course reflects the modern era that we live in and includes content on the latest technology and trends – allowing our students to progress and provide untold value to their employers.”

Usually, a day of celebration is held, with an official presentation of certificates, however, this event is currently on hold until it can take place.

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