Fashioncapital Visits Highgate Wood School
The day commenced with Director Jenny Holloway explaining who we are and all the different areas we operate in from sampling and production to mentoring designers to the fashion and textiles apprenticeship programme.
Discussing the apprenticeship programme gave students an opportunity to learn about alternative options to university for when they leave school. Knowing there is an option to not only start working straight away but also train for a qualification and get paid for it was a real eye opener and certainly something many of the young learners will now be considering.
We also spoke about the many different job roles in the industry and possible routes into these career options. We looked at the role of a designer, buyer, garment technologist, buyer, merchandiser and visual merchandiser showing that there is so much more to fashion than being a designer and some of these other roles can be extremely rewarding and excellent career choices.
Following the talks, the afternoon was spent taking part in the school’s career fair where those interested in the fashion industry had the opportunity to have a more in depth conversation about their skills and aspirations.
It was inspiring talking to such young and talented students; we are now discussing offering a series of work placements at The Factory so they can really see what it takes to work in the industry!