Taking place from 11 –15 March, the sixth annual National Apprenticeship Week will celebrate Apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and the economy. More than 800 promotional events run by employers and supporters of Apprenticeships are expected to take place throughout England during the Week.
Twenty-five up-and-coming designers studying at the Fashion Retail Academy submitted entries for the National Apprenticeship Week t-shirt design competition which was judged by an expert panel made up of industry figures and the National Apprenticeship Service. The winning design, by Jessica Tshoukas, depicts a white hot air balloon on a black background with the words ‘the sky’s the limit’ spelled out in a trailing rope.
Jessica, 18, from London, is studying a BTEC Extended National Diploma Level 3 in Art and Design at the Fashion Retail Academy.
The runner up was Claire Flemming, 19, from Middlesex, in second place and joint third place went to 19 year-old Jessica Hide from Essex and Rachel Abebrese, 19, from Berkshire.
The judging panel was made up of Jenny Holloway (Director, Fashion Enter), Joe Massie (WorldSkills UK Alumni and founder of Joseph Massie Creative), Simon Ward, (Chief Operating Officer, British Fashion Council), David Way (Chief Executive, National Apprenticeship Service), Liz Wilson (Head Buyer, Matalan) and Stuart Youngs, (Creative Director, Purpose).