A range of short courses for technicians and managers in fashion and textile firms are being launched by Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) to promote stronger links between education and industry.

The courses will be piloted from June, and offered by MMU's Department of Clothing Design and Technology in collaboration with two further education colleges: Liverpool Community College, and Wigan and Leigh College.

Specifically targeted are junior managers, assistant buyers, technologists in fashion companies and design and product development staff.

Principal lecturer Angela Peers, who is also the Chair of the Hollings Faculty's Academic Enterprise Committee, said the courses will be designed to help companies tackle particular issues or problems.

The courses may be delivered at the three partner institutions or on company premises, in the evening, or in one or three-day block mode.

"The collaboration will make it easier for those already in work to get a degree," Angela said.

"There may be employees who want to get a relevant qualification - and this progression route via our further education partners opens up new doors for them to achieve this goal."