New Fashion Retail Academy Announced!
It will be supported by Philip Green, owner of BHS and the Arcadia Group, who found his Â£10m sponsorship matched by government. Education Secretary Ruth Kelly said that the academy aims to â€œpromote fashion retail as a career, and will deliver a flow of young people to the industry with excellent skillâ€.
The academy will be located in central
The academy will offer two qualifications:
Year 1 â€“ Certificate of Fashion Retail (equivalent to GCSE)
Year 2 â€“ Diploma of Fashion Retail (equivalent to A-Level)
The course will consist of a combination of academic study and work experience with teaching from both qualified lecturers and retailers with inspirational master classes taken by industry heavyweights. Finally work based learning will include visits to suppliers, distribution centres, buying trips and in-store experience.
The academy will make its selection based on enthusiasm and interest in fashion, rather than on background and qualifications.