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Stitching Academy Official Launch


10_july_stitching_academy_logoOnline retail giant ASOS.com along with FashionCapital have set up the ‘Stitching Academy’ – a first in the manufacturing industry to provide a route into a National Apprenticeship that previously did not exist in fashion for young people.

At The Stitching Academy trainees have the opportunity to complete a Level 1 qualification in Stitching Skills after completing a six-week internship, throughout which their daily expenses will be covered. Over the summer the initiative has been road tested with its first cohort of students and is now ready for its official launch to industry and press.

ASOS and the FashionCapital & Factory team, including CEO Jenny Holloway, will be in attendance at the Stitching Academy based at The Factory in Haringey, North London, along with the Minister for Employment Mark Hoban.

stitching_academy_mixThe Level 1 Stitching Academy qualification is an extension of the UK’s first ever National Apprenticeship – Level 3 & 4 – in the Fashion and Textiles Apparel scheme (launched in 2011 – ASOS and fashioncapital.co.uk / Fashion Enter).  Key skills the young trainees gain include: Sewing & Stitching, Machinery Operation, Inspecting & Measuring and Health & Safety.

The initiative has been funded by the ASOS Foundation, a registered charity, supplying all the technical equipment and machinery with matching teaching cost contributions from Haringey Council. Additional support and grant funding comes courtesy of the Department of Work & Pensions via Jobcentre Plus – with the long term goal to integrate young adults into the growing British manufacturing sector.

The Stitching Academy provides a start and will hopefully develop alongside the growth of the ‘Made in Britain’ manufacturing industry.

Check back tomorrow for more news on the official launch.

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