Fashion Enter at Skills London 2016
Exhibiting on both days of London’s largest careers and education fair, Fashion Enter informed students between 14 – 18 of the apprenticeships, Stitching Academy and Perfect Patterns accessible to them upon completing either their GCSE’s or A-Levels.
Sponsored by the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, the event saw over 200 organisations exhibit presenting over 40,000 opportunities including jobs and apprenticeships.
“As Mayor of London, I am committed to ensuring that all communities across London have access to training… It is a priority for me that young Londoners are encouraged to explore the skills they need to get on the career ladder.”
With Education Manager Esme, Marketing Assistant Rebekah, Development Manager Jenni and Apprentice Chelsea there to help, all that visited the Fashion Enter stand left with a wealth of information about the courses available to them. Many of the young students also asked questions about how to get onto the fashion career ladder and enquired about work experience.
As well as advertising opportunities to students our team encouraged course leaders, schools, colleges and universities to visit the stand to find out more about the factory visits that are offered which give the ability to visit a live working factory and see just exactly what goes into British manufacturing for large and small scale retailers and brands.
“I truly believe that the opportunity to visit the factory would be amazing for our fashion students.” Commented North Kent College.
Presenting budding designers with the chance to have their own design made in the Fashion Studio, Fashion Enter held a design competition throughout the two days. With a large number of incredible entries, it is clear to see that the younger generation have an eye for detail and a dab hand at designing their own garments.
“It was great to see so many young students wanting to find out more about their options for after they have completed their GCSE’s or A-Levels. Attending Skills London gave them the ability to ask questions and meet people from the organisations which can make them feel more at ease when it comes to applying for roles and also moving into their new surroundings as students. I only wish I had been able to attend an exhibition like this when I was 15/16 to find out what was out there for me, instead of being limited in choice. Seeing the budding fashion students getting hands on with the design competition allowed them to show off their skills, and we encouraged all to join in.” – Rebekah
‘The Skills London 2016 event was great fun to attend and I was very happy to be of help in guiding learners in their future career paths. Also, a lot of people took part in the ‘Design a dress competition’ and I cannot wait to see who the winner will be. I very much look forward to seeing more learners signed up on our Level 3 Apprenticeships and Stitching and Patterns Level 1 and 2 programmes. The event was also a great chance for future networking opportunities, such as London Ambitions Portal, an initiative backed by the Mayor of London which allows better connections with employers and schools. This could be a potential way for us to promote the careers fair on their website on Fashion Enter’s next outing.’ – Esme