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Fashion Retail Academy Students Visit The Factory


On Monday the Factory was a hive of activity with 50 students coming to see what garment manufacturing was all about. The students all hailing from the Fashion Retail Academy had just completed a Level 4 programme in Buying and now wanted an insight into exactly how a factory operated.


Two groups of 25 students, with a third group on Thursday 8th October were all introduced to the garment life cycle and then taken on a tour of the Factory and Fashion Technology Academy. They were able to see first-hand the journey of fabric from arrival to the cutting table right through to quality checks of each garment to pressing and packing ready for delivery to the client. The students were also asked to spot 10 reasons why we are a fully compliant SMETA approved factory which encouraged them to notice the yellow markings for walkways, correct lighting above the machinists heads and lighting on the machines, needle guards, the metal detector room, metal glove for the cutter and first aiders and fire marshals to name a few.

Following the tour an overview of careers in the industry, the courses available at the FTA and the apprenticeship jobs currently available were explained. We are now in talks with some of the students to organise work placements and put them forward for the Level 4 apprenticeship positions.

Here are just a few comments we received following the visits:

“Just wanted to say a huge thank you for the time and energy you have spent seeing the three groups of Buying students from the FRA. The students have thoroughly enjoyed the experience and have a deeper understanding of the manufacturing process.” Rachel

“I have learnt how important it is for buyers to build a good relationship with their suppliers. Everyone was really friendly and informative.” Courtney

“Very interesting to get an insight into a working factory.” Daisy

“I have learnt how a garment is made through each stage, the quality checks at the end, how buyers check the garments and how much samples cost. It was very informative and I have I learnt a lot of information that will become useful in my career in retail.” Eleanor

Great visit, very helpful and informative! A unique insight into how a garment is produced and some great advice on how to work well with your supplier when you are a buyer.” Grace


Image – students with Quality Manager Christine on the processes for quality control 

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