KTL offers a variety of courses and opportunities for employers and individuals. Choose your own and enjoy!

Investment in your workforce is a proven way to increase productivity, staff retention and workforce motivation.

KTL are leading experts in training and educational support for the textiles and apparel industry sectors. We can help you to improve your workforce, products and services.

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Developing your business and your workforce.

We take the fear and hassle out of learning.

We know the prospect of training courses can be daunting for some learners. KTL will support you every step of the way to improving your skills and unlocking your potential. Our friendly team have lots of experience and will offer friendly support and fun whilst you learn.

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Never has there been a greater incentive for apprenticeships in the UK with government incentives and more apprentices employed than ever before.

We have been working with KTL on various projects over the last 3 years. The team at KTL have provided an excellent comprehensive package of training with indepth knowlege and appreciation of a textile manufacturing operation. ...

Steve Wright - Trimlace Ltd

Apprenties are an excellent cost affordable way to grow your business and embed much needed skills for your future growth.

We have specialist expertise in the delivery of Sector Based Skills Academies for the unemployed

We have worked across the East Midlands in Derby, Nottingham and Leicester improving local employment options working in collaboration with Job Centre Plus.

Our work in this area has also seen us deliver bespoke training courses to vulnerable groups such as ex-service personnel, drug/alcohol misusers and mental health where engagement in our training programmes has shown significant impacts on an individuals functioning and quality of life.

Working with vulnerable groups we have a success rate of over 90% and have seen learners progress into employment, further education and even planning to set up their own textile related businesses.

As a socially responsible company we pride ourselves on supporting vulnerable groups and supporting people to transform their lives.

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John Smedley has for over 230 years, crafted 'The World's Finest Knitwear' from their home in Derbyshire. Supplying the most prestigious department stores and our retail stores worldwide, alongside the Royal Household and several international Fashion Catwalks.

With over 350 employees we deliver high quality, luxurious, contemporary and hand finished garments.

We have opportunities for Skilled Seamers who can work at our factory or from home.

Full training is offered and we provide the necessary machinery if you do not have this. We offer a pension scheme with life assurance and 32 days holiday.

Find out more about life at John Smedley here:

If you are interested, please apply in writing outlining your experience and skills to HR, John Smedley, Lea Mills, Lea Bridge, Matlock, DE4 5AG or email rachelroystonwebb@johnsmedley.com

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About KTL

KTL specialise in the delivery of Fashion and Textile Apprenticeships, Apparel Manufacturing, Textile Production, Leather Goods, Footwear Industry, Dry Cleaning and Retail.

To find out more about KTL watch our video by clicking on the TV screen to the right

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We have over 18 years experience!

We are one of a small number of specialist textiles, fashion and apparel training providers in the UK. We differ from our competitors by having a wealth of industry based experience that can help you to add significant value to your organisation. We have supported small, medium, large and global employers throughout our history.


KTL prides itself on delivering responsible ethical practice in all of its operations.

We ensure transparency exists at all levels throughout our organisation to ensure you receive an open and honest service. We value our credibility as a responsible training provider as evidenced by our various kite marks and accreditations that you can view under within our About KTL section of this site.

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We value our expert workforce and invest in them to ensure you obtain support of the highest quality.

Our staff are trained regularly in their tutor and assessment skills in addition to holding certification in safeguarding, drug/alcohol awareness, diversity and all staff are DBS checked to an enhanced level.


We want you to be assured that when selecting a training partner that they hold the necessary skills and abilities to ensure you obtain maximum value and return from your investment,

KTL holds accredited kite marks from Matrix, Ofsted, Creative Skillset, ABC Awards and the Derbyshire Network