Haringey Council Backs UK’s First Fashion Technology Academy
With plans to offer over 3000+ qualifications to young people, Fashion Enter approached Haringey Council to seek support in expanding existing programmes, in order to help young people with the skills needed to break into the industry, and rightfully begin to bring manufacturing back to the UK.
The plans for expansion follow an investment received from Social Business Trust earlier on this year. Social Business Trust aims to positively affect the lives of over one million people in the UK. Investing a £100,000 cash grant and expert consultancy to the value of £120,000, the support received from Social Business Trust allowed Fashion Enter to develop and expand its existing training opportunities, including the Apprenticeship Programme and the ASOS Stitching Academy.
Key to the growth of Fashion Enter, through expert consultancy and support, the investment has also helped in spreading and growing the social impact made by Fashion Enter.
During her pitch, Jenny went on to explain how Haringey is known for its growing reputation of fashion manufacturing, and how the investment into the training facility would help in growing the reputation further, in particular, bringing manufacturing back to Britain.
Fashion Enter is now delighted to announce that Haringey Council has given the go-ahead and will invest nearly £570,000 to overhaul the existing unit next-door to Fashion Enter’s existing premises, to allow the current training facilities to grow and develop further, in the aim that by 2019 the academy will have the capacity to train over 1,620 people per year.
“I’m proud that here in Haringey we are at the cutting edge of a fashion manufacturing boom, and we are equipping our residents with the skills they need to secure long-term employment. It’s exciting that projects like this that create jobs, apprenticeships and training in industries that capture the imagination of Haringey’s young talent are happening in our borough.” – Councillor Joe Goldberg, Cabinet Member for Economic Development, Social Inclusion and Sustainability.
“Haringey will be at the very forefront of skills development with the Fashion Technology Academy. With the return to on-shore garment manufacturing in the UK, Haringey will be the first in the country to offer real skills training, in all elements of fashion, from our factory at Crusader Estate. The Fashion Technology Academy is in partnership with Haringey Council and ASOS (external link) – a real business partnership that will enable future generations to be trained in design and manufacturing.” – Jenny Holloway, Fashion Enter Director