The nine-month programme is run by Skillfast-UK, the Sector Skills Council for fashion and textiles, to help women develop their technical and management skills, so they can progress within their company and to higher-level jobs.

Laundry and drycleaning employers based in England can apply for training grants of up to £600 per woman employee. Johnsons Apparelmaster is one of more than 200 companies to have benefited from the Women and Work programme, which has seen 1,600 women improve their skills.

For information on how to join the Women and Work programme, go to: