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Fashion – Enter & Working with Retailers


As a leading training provider for Fashion & Textiles and the only UK factory with a leading Fast Forward status, here at Fashion-Enter Ltd (FEL) we have a vast amount of industry expertise and experience to disseminate best practices with brands and retailers.  

We are here to help and here are the key areas we can support with:  

Hiring an apprentice 

Fashion-Enter is England’s leading training provider for the Fashion and Textiles programme in technical skills and we have recruited and trained apprentices for Mountain Warehouse, Amazon, Ralph & Russo, Harrods, ASOS, M&S, New Look, River Island and many more.  

Did you know that for every apprentice you hire before end January 2022 you will receive a £3,000 cash incentive? In addition, as a Levy paying employer, we can help you access your funds via the online apprenticeship service.  

With campuses in London and Leicester we offer: 

If you are looking to recruit 1 or 10 apprentices, we can support with the complete process from creating a job description, promotion, recruitment, enrolment, and training.  

Contact jenni@fashion-enter.com

Accredited training for existing employees 

FEL also provides accredited CPPD ‘Factory Uncovered’ workshops at the factory in north London. 

This insightful half day workshop provides employees with the opportunity to see the garment life cycle in a SMETA approved factory and the only factory in the UK with a leading Fast Forward audit undertaken by retailers.  

Topics include:  

We explain the effect quality assurance can have on the critical path and how it can impact on lead times. It is an invaluable experience which we have been offering since 2015 to retailers including River Island, M&S, ASOS, George at ASDA, Oliver Bonas and more. 

Feedback has included:  

“It was great to have a refresh of factory knowledge after 2-years of not being in a factory. The 3D pattern making was fascinating. Really informative. Will recommend!” – Dave, Head of Buying 

“I found this extremely insightful and learnt many new aspects of the design to manufacturing trade. I would definitely recommend other colleagues to do this.’ – Lucy, Merchandising Advocate

“I have learnt a lot of very useful information including cost breakdowns, lean manufacturing, how any small mistake can have such a huge knock-on effect. Very clear and concise useful information. Thank you very much.” – Jenna, Buying Advocate

“I have learnt about the production process, implications of the late approvals, pattern cutting – 3D fits were really interesting. Really informative and friendly!” – Alicia, BA

Each workshop is 4-hours for a maximum of 10 participants.  

Email to jenni@fashion-enter.com for further information or to book your workshop. 

Upskilling in digital technologies  

In addition FEL offers short courses in the latest industry digital software packages Optitex and Clo3D. Each course is three days for a maximum of 5 participants.  

Optitex is rapidly being adopted by the fashion industry and includes how to prepare patterns for 3D simulation, garment fit, applying colour, pattern and texture and much more.  

Clo3D takes heritage from the gaming industry, giving the software the ability to create highly realistic digital garments and render stunning imagery like no other. This course takes a beginner through to to professional standard renders.  

Areas covered include the basics of garment construction within Clo3D, how to speed up workflow with advanced tools, simulate the correct fit, and finally, add realism with render techniques. 

Please email jenni@fashion-enter.com for course content and to enquire about costs.

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