TEXTILE boss Gordon Hawley wanted apprentice pattern weavers to keep his historic business going.
He thought with thousands of youngsters in the jobless queue, the task would be easy. But far from it. After many months of advertising and recruiting, Mr Hawley has been unable to find young people to take on the task.
And now he has warned: “Our specialised textile industry will not survive if young people cannot be found to enter the business.”
Mr Hawley has been searching without success for apprentices to join Paragon Textiles in St John’s Road. He is looking to take one on immediately and a second within six months.
He has put the word around the industry that he is recruiting and has contacted the Textile Centre of Excellence, located in Paragon’s former premises at Red Doles Lane, for help.