Apparel sector skills council Skillfast-UK has named Jamie Petrie as its further and higher education skills manager.

Petrie will work with further and higher education institutions as well as training providers to ensure that employer needs concerning skills, training and qualifications are met.

Petrie is presently working on the development of foundation degrees which include real work experience and are developed and supported by employers within the sector.

Skillfast-UK's chief executive, Linda Florance, said that it was more important than ever to make sure that educational institutions could provide the skills that employers require.

Florance added: "Skillfast-UK is in the fortunate position of being able to speak direct to employers. Jamie will now work hard to ensure that their requirements are voiced to those working in education and training and that the content of courses on offer is appropriate."

Skillfast UK aims to increase the number of employers involved in workforce development and to create qualifications that are fit for purpose, amongst other objectives.