Scoping repair training for the re-use sector

The report scopes the relevant and available repair training within Scotland and the North of England, matching this to the training requirements of third sector organisations to enable more items to be prepared for re-use through repair.   

A structured review of existing repair training provision was carried out and a searchable database was compiled of all repair training identified.

The review identified repair training topics that are in high demand and where training opportunities exist:

  • Courses in PAT and bicycle repair are widely available in Scotland and are in high demand. It should be noted that the bicycle repair courses identified are not accredited.
  • Courses (including accredited courses) in furniture repair (woodwork, joints, fixings); and textiles repair (sewing skills) are in high-demand. They are available in Scotland, although not widely, and the north of England.
  • Courses (including accredited courses) in: furniture repair (painting and finishing; and cleaning); electronic equipment repair (small EEE fault diagnosis and repair; and large EEE fault diagnosis and repair); and textile repair (repair skills excluding sewing; and cleaning and stain removal) are in high demand. They have limited availability in Scotland and the north of England.
  • Courses (including accredited courses) in: furniture repair (metal furniture; and upholstery (from scratch)); and electronic equipment repair (other electrical repairs and re-wiring) are in medium-demand. They have limited availability Scotland and in the north of England.

Recommendations from the following areas are included in the report:

  • Maximising benefits from existing training
  • Opportunities to expand existing training
  • Opportunities to develop new training

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