Fashion Retail Academy Complete Factory Uncovered Course
Bringing two groups of students throughout the day, the Fashion Retail Academy attended a CPPD course here at the Fashion Enter factory to learn more about how a manufacturing factory runs and the many processes that go into the production of a garment.
Led by Jenny Holloway (CEO), Caroline Ash (Production Manager) and Jenni Sutton (Development Manager) the groups had the opportunity to hear from numerous speakers all with a wealth of industry knowledge to pass on.
Starting their tour with an overview of Fashion Capital and sister companies Fashion Enter, the Fashion Technology Academy, the Fashion Studio and the Fabric Studio, the students were eager to see for themselves the way a factory runs.
Leading the group from the factory where they were able to see the production stages of larger orders for companies including M&S and ASOS.com, Jenny informed the groups of the health and safety regulations whilst the skilled workers were able to demonstrate how different machines are used.
From the factory floor the group went to the Fashion Studio were Rosie and Kasia were on hand to tell them a little about the smaller scale production and how the company works closely with new designers and already established designers.
The group were then able to see what the FTA students and apprentices learn and do here in the Stitching Academy.
Upon ending their visit the groups commented:
“I’ve learnt about production, the stages of making a garment, about the education programme and how people work here at Fashion Enter… It has made me want to come and work here!” – Isobel
“I have learnt that I definitely want to start my own plus size collection. This trip has inspired me to turn my dreams into reality.” – Dennetto
“This seminar has taught me the strength and focus all that work at Fashion Enter have to maintain. It is admirable and makes me appreciate the work they put in a lot more.” – Emily
“As a buyer you must consider what you are asking the supplier to do – is it fair or realistic? I found the tour and talk really interesting.”– Xia
“I have learnt that there are always ups and downs but you have to preserve and not give up.” – Megan
“Today taught me the stages of manufacturing, understanding the importance of knowledge needed as a buyer and the benefits of understanding your manufacturer.” – Mesan