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Fashion Enter, sister company to FashionCapital.co.uk, is England’s leading provider for the Fashion and Textiles Apprenticeship programme offering Intermediate Apprenticeship Certificate (stitching pathway), Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3 Diploma and Certificate (Garment Technology or Machine Maintenance pathway) and Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3 Diploma and Certificate (Garment Technology or Machine Maintenance pathway).

In 2013 Creative Skillset, the government body responsible for skills and training in the UK creative industries awarded ‘The Tick Mark of Excellence’ to Fashion Enter.

Level 3 Qualification

FACTS
Course title: Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3 Diploma and Certificate (Garment Technology or Machine Maintenance pathway)
Course location: The Factory
Study level: Level 3
Course days and hours: 5 Days a week (4 days work placement, 1 day training)
Course length: 24 Months
Reference code: Certificate 50054545 Diploma 501/0088/9

CONTENTS AND STRUCTURE
The FTA currently offers Apprenticeships in Apparel at level 3 and level 4.

The level 3 apprenticeship is a 13 unit course covering pre-production, production and the post production within fashion manufacturing.
You will learn about legislation and how this impacts on the garments being produced, what quality is and how this impacts on design, production and sales, fibres and fabrics, production processes, manufacturing techniques, specification, market research and participate in a comp shop. Optional units include production planning, making a garment and anatomical and flat measuring.

You will have access to an on-site Best of British Factory and Fashion Studio where you will see garments in production, participate in practical activities as well as having seminars by current industry professionals. We also have trips to museums and to London Fashion Week.

CERTIFICATE UNITS
Mandatory Units

Health, safety and security at work
This mandatory unit will help you to understand your responsibility for health, safety and security in the workplace. You will identify the correct procedures for taking action in the event of an incident, raising the alarm, evacuation and demonstrate using emergency equipment correctly and safely, and monitoring the workplace for hazards.
You will also be assessed in the workplace for this unit.

Maintaining the work area for manufacturing sewn products
This mandatory unit will enable you to recognise the importance of routine maintenance of tools and equipment, identifying potential problems and dealing with them within the limit of your responsibility.
You will be assessed in the workplace or the Factory to demonstrate work-related competence.

Maintain the quality of production working with textiles, leather and materials
This mandatory unit involves inspecting materials and products, finding the cause of faults in materials and products, correcting faults and recording details.
You will be assessed in the workplace or the Factory to demonstrate work-related competence.

Investigate markets, materials and styles
This unit will help you to identify and review existing and new markets, and products relating to your place of work.
You will complete a comp shop exercise and be assessed in the workplace.

Create and maintain technical documents and records in garment construction
This unit is for those who create and maintain technical records for different garments that vary in style, fabric and make up.
The job role will involve
• Creating and maintaining technical records
• Completing documents to meet requirements
• Providing final specifications and supporting documents
You will be assessed in the workplace giving you the opportunity to demonstrate occupational competence.

Two units must be chosen from the options below

Assess customer requirements and take measurements
This unit is for those who take customer measurements for different types of figures, sets of basic measures, and document a range of garment measurements.
You will be assessed in the workplace or Factory where you will demonstrate job-related skill.
Monitor compliance with requirements in garment construction
This unit is for those whose job role involves
• Evaluating garment construction throughout pre-production processes
• Monitoring and amending resources and methods to meet requirements
• Consulting with others to ensure requirements are met
You will also be assessed in the workplace where you will have the opportunity to demonstrate work-based skill.

Plan apparel production schedule
This unit is for those whose job role involves
• Identifying requirements and constraints for production
• Specifying and assessing material and machine settings
• Developing plans to ensure production schedules meet requirements
You will also be assessed in the workplace where you will have the opportunity to demonstrate work-based skill.

Complete garment to customer specification
This unit is for those who prepare different garments of varying styles including
• Preparing garments for final assembly
• Performing assembly operations to customer satisfaction
• Completing garments to specification
You will also be assessed in the workplace where you will have the opportunity to demonstrate work-based skill.

DIPLOMA UNITS

Managing health and safety and employment rights and responsibilities within the apparel, footwear or leather industry
You will explore the legal requirements of health and safety and employment law. The work will cover the implications of current legislation including The Health and Safety at Work Act etc1974. This unit will also cover the legal aspects of being an employee and form part of the induction process to the world of work.

Managing quality standards within apparel, footwear or leather production
You will learn to identify and describe the functions that go into the quality control process including expected quality requirements, common causes of faults and appropriate remedial action that may be taken. You will have the opportunity to compare workplace quality monitoring systems and how information is gathered and recorded.

Managing own working relationships within the apparel, footwear or leather production
This unit will enable you to develop skills in managing your own time in the workplace. You will explore the positive aspects of the roles within a team and the different levels of responsibilities and opportunities within a department.

Manufacturing techniques within apparel production
This unit will enable you to understand the functions that go into the manufacturing process. The work will cover the stages of manufacture as well as the relationship between machines, stitches, threads and seams.

Materials used in the manufacture of apparel
You will develop an understanding of the fibres, yarns and fabrics that you will encounter within the workplace, through your research and presentations. This includes how to recognise the performance, characteristics and suitability for end use, for a variety of fabrics.

Production management within the apparel, footwear or leather industry
You will explore the principles and practices within pre-production, production and post-production, and the different systems used in product manufacturing. You will be able to identify why the different systems are used and complete exercises relating to product costs and factory capacity.

ENTRY REQUIREMENT
• You must be 16 years old or older.
• You should not be in full - time education.
• You should be a British citizen, if not proof that you are entitled to state funding ( e.g. proof of citizen of an EEA member state, proof of indefinite leave to remain etc).
• SOME employers request 5 C grade GCSE’s

HOW TO APPLY
Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone 0208 809 3311.

House-of-FraserTESTIMONIALS
"This is the first time House of Fraser have taken on an apprentice of this type and we have been delighted with the support and guidance we received from Fashion Enter.

We were supplied with an excellent shortlist of suitable candidates, all of which had a good understand of the scheme and performed well at interview. Fashion Enter managed the candidates throughout the process and arranged all interviews on our behalf. Once we had selected a candidate, Fashion Enter continued to manage the process through to them starting with us. They took the effort to visit House of Fraser to meet the team and explain, in great detail, the course detail and timeframes.

We are delighted with the performance of our apprentice to date and the way the process was handled has certainly contributed to them settling in to the business smoothly. We feel the apprentice programme has been a great addition to our talent strategy and sure it will become a key component of our business for years to come."
House of Fraser

Level 4 Qualification

FACTS
Course title: Technical Textiles - Product Sourcing and Development
Course location: The Factory
Study level: Level 4
Course days and hours: 5 Days a week (4 days work placement, 1 day training)
Course length: 24 Months
Reference code: 60117849

CONTENTS AND STRUCTURE
The level 4 apprenticeship is a 13 unit course covering pre-production, production and the post production within fashion production and retail.
You will learn how to implement legislation for: health and safety; employment rights and intellectual property management, what to assess when outsourcing, how to write a successful business plan, create a marketing plan, analyse gaps within your workplace portfolio, and evaluate leadership skills. You will also complete some level three units including: fibres and fabrics, quality standards and participate in a comp shop.

You will have access to an on-site Best of British Factory and Fashion Studio where you will see garments in production, participate in practical activities as well as having seminars by current industry experts. We also have trips to exhibitions, London Fashion Week and external seminars.

Managing health and safety and employment rights and responsibilities within the apparel, footwear or leather industry
You will explore the legal requirements of health and safety and employment law. The work will cover the implications of current legislation including The Health and Safety at Work Act etc1974. This unit will also cover the legal aspects of being an employee and form part of the induction process to the world of work.

Managing own working relationships within the apparel, footwear or leather production
This unit will enable you to develop skills in managing your own time in the workplace. You will explore the positive aspects of the roles within a team and the different levels of responsibilities and opportunities within a department.

Professional practice / preparation for employment within the textile industry
This unit gives you the opportunity to produce high quality paper based reports from research and a current CV and cover letter needed for roles within the fashion industry.
Your assessment will be linked to the real work environment.

Materials used in the manufacture of apparel
You will develop an understanding of the fibres, yarns and fabrics that you will encounter within the workplace, through your research and presentations.
This includes how to recognise the performance, characteristics and suitability for end use, for a variety of fabrics.

Investigate markets, materials and styles (optional unit)
This unit will help you to identify and review existing and new markets, and products relating to your place of work.
You will complete a comp shop exercise and be assessed in the workplace.

Managing quality standards within apparel, footwear or leather production
You will learn to identify and describe the functions that go into the quality control process including expected quality requirements, common causes of faults and appropriate remedial action that may be taken. You will have the opportunity to compare workplace quality monitoring systems and how information is gathered and recorded.

Portfolio management of new products
This unit will enable you to use a variety of techniques to evaluate new product development proposals and make decisions on which projects to undertake, by exploring critical success factors, weightings and project scoring. Your research will be summarised in a report for your chosen business.

Outsourcing costs in manufacturing
This unit will introduce you to the complexities of determining and analysing the costs involved in outsourcing and to understand links with other business functions.
This includes
• determining which costs may be incurred
• creating cost matrices
• how to negotiate with vendors over costings

Business planning and financial projections in the design and creative industries
This unit will provide you with an understanding of the importance of effective business planning and financial forecasting. You will analyse the current position of a business, prepare a strategic business plan and determine how to allocate resources effectively.

Design development, creativity and business development
This unit provides you with an understanding of how design and branding impacts on business performance. You will analyse how to understand customer needs through research and development for a specific business. You will be assessed presenting a pitch.

Leadership and people management in the design and creative industries
This unit provides you with an understanding of effective management and leadership skills and how to implement these within a fashion business. You will examine how to select, manage and motivate teams, and identify and develop your own leadership skills.

Intellectual property management in the design and creative industries
This unit aims to provide you with an understanding of the importance of intellectual property management within the field of fashion. You will gain knowledge and understanding of the legalities attached to intellectual property law and how to implement these on a national and global level.

Doing business globally
This unit will provide you with an understanding of the implications of entering a global market. This includes exploring branding, product development for specific markets and cultural and business customs.

Strategic marketing planning skills within the design and creative industries
This unit aims to provide you with an understanding of the markets in which fashion companies operate, enabling you to gain a clear understanding of the marketing strategies required to implement a successful marketing plan. You will have the opportunity to create a plan for a real client.

ENTRY REQUIREMENT
• You must be 16 years old or older.
• You should not be in full - time education.
• You should be a British citizen, if not proof that you are entitled to state funding ( e.g. proof of citizen of an EEA member state, proof of indefinite leave to remain etc).
• SOME employers request 5 C grade GCSE’s

HOW TO APPLY
Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone 0208 809 3311.

M-and-STESTIMONIALS
‘Maintaining our leadership position in garment quality and innovation is of upmost to M&S. To deliver this now and in the future we recognized the need to build a new talent pipeline for garment technology and have just launched an Apprenticeship scheme in partnership with Fashion Enter.

Fashion Enter had given us excellent support and advise in setting the programme up. They invested time and understanding what M&S look for in future talent and the type of people who thrive in our business so that they shortlisted the best candidates. This was a huge help given that we had over 500 applicants.

Before the Apprentices joined Fashion Enter advised our line managers on what to expect from the program and how to get the best from their Apprentices. All of the Apprentices have made a great start and have impressed us with their passion for clothing and enthusiasm for learning. We’re looking forward to seeing them develop over the course of their Apprenticeship and hope this will be the start of a very successful career.’
Marks and Spencer 2014