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Apprenticeships in the Spotlight


Apprenticeships are alive and kicking and much needed for the development of the fashion industry…

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Newsletter 9th March 2016

Dear all,

9 march apprenticeship weekNext Monday (14th March) marks the start National Apprenticeship Week providing insight and opportunities galore. Today our very own Fashion Enter apprentices Razina and Maisie are being photographed for the National Apprenticeship Campaign organised by Creative Skillset. Watch this space – we will post the images on FashionCapital and in next week’s newsletter!


Would You Like to Consider An Apprenticeship?

If you live in the borough of Haringey and would like to know more about apprenticeships and the current selection of vacancies on offer then come along to the careers outreach bus just outside of Wood Green Library, from Monday 14th – Friday 18th March, 3pm – 6pm.

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The Realities of Being an Apprentice: Beccy Hayward Former Topshop Apprentice

9 march beccy hayward“I saw the job for the apprenticeships on fashioncapital.co.uk and was intrigued to find out more. Jenni Sutton gave me lots of information to consider about the 18-month apprenticeship that was very helpful and helped me make my decision. 

“It has been hard work – apprenticeships are not an easy option because there are 13 units that you have to cover over the 18 months at Fashion Enter. They have high standards and want the apprentices to succeed, which initially I thought was really hard work, but actually they are just preparing you for the real world.

“I got the job with Topshop which has been a challenging environment as its fast paced, long hours and lots of personalities to contend with. But I have learnt so much and I have loved working with the team and gained so much knowledge from this course. 

“I have now just finished my apprenticeship and when I look back there is so much I have learnt. From fitting a garment to models, needle policies, working in teams to professional standards and now I feel I am ready for the next step in my career.

“I would just like to say thanks to all the people at Topshop who spent time on teaching me everything I needed to know. Also everyone at Fashion Enter, Wendy for all the help on the units and general support and Jenny for guiding me through the course. 

“If you are thinking of doing an apprenticeship, my biggest piece of advice is you have nothing to fear but you do have to stick the course out and make it work. It will be worth it in the end and it will open so many doors for you in the fashion industry.” – Beccy Hayward


generic apprentice small 2Apprenticeship Posts of the Week

We are still recruiting for N16 Vintage, Darling Clothes, FCBboutique and FashionCapital. To find out more and apply click here.



Fashion Studio Assistant Rosie Returns

9 march rosieHaving left the company over a month ago Rosie sorely missed the Fashion Studio team and the opportunities that Fashion Enter provides so we are pleased to welcome her back:

Rosie said: “I am so thrilled to be coming back to join the Fashion Enter team. I missed the camaraderie of working in the studio and making clients visions come true. I am so grateful to Jenny for having me back and I cannot wait to get stuck into all the exciting new projects we have got coming up! The Fashion Studio team are like family to me and I am so happy to be back to doing what I love. See you all in the studio!” 



Fashion Enter Supports Production Freelancers

We also have two production freelancers returning to the Factory floor Nedyalka Boncheva and Mihaiela Astanoae – welcome back ladies.

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Date For Your Diary:

Jenny Holloway will be on the careers panel at the ‘Next Generation Careers & Networking event’ organized by Drapers. The event will be held at 30 Euston Square in London on April 14th and is aimed at first, second and third jobbers building their careers in the fashion industry across all disciplines. The established event has included many industry professionals but this will be the first time that manufacturing and technical skills will be in focus. More on this in due course.


FC Fabric Studio Press & Sales

Our www.fcfabricstudio.com has been featured in the latest issue of ‘Love Sewing’ Magazine and has been picking up on sales as a result.

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“I was delighted with the way FCFabric Studio dealt with my order of black ponti. They were efficient and responded by return to my query and because I ended up bulk buying the fabric I also triggered a discount. Looking forward to working with FCFabric Studio again.” – Vera – FCFabricStudio customer.


Did You Hear Us on Radio 4 Last Week?

If not then click here and listen via iPlayer.

Our involvement with the Creativity Works: Fashion project was also aired on TV click here to find out more.



Visit Us at the Textile Forum Today & Tomorrow

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The Textile Forum is London’s most exclusive twice-yearly luxury fashion fabric show come along and visit us at One Marylebone, opposite Great Portland Street tube station from 10am – 6pm on both days.


9 march textile forum alices group

The group in the shot above includes FTA tutor Alice with her pattern cutting students who have completed Level 1 and have now progressed on to Level 2. All are well on their way to becoming employable pattern cutters. Now they are learning more complex blocks and how to illustrate their designs and how to cut accurate patterns.

The pattern cutting course is ideal for fashion graduates looking to learn a technical skill. To find out more click here.

Or contact: education@fashion-enter.com  / telephone 0208 809 3311.


MMU FashionCapital Project with Jenny Holloway

Meanwhile, Jenny Holloway is visiting the Hollings Faculty at Manchester Metropolitan University today for an ongoing project with the fashion students and their analysis of the FashionCapital website. Jenny commented, “I am really looking forward to seeing the students again and to hearing all about their unbiased findings.”


9 march jenni challengeSupport Jenni

Jenni Sutton, Development Manager at FashionCapital & Fashion-Enter is taking part in Vertical Rush 2016 for Shelter – because every 11 minutes a family faces losing their home. This means a grueling power climb up London’s original skyscraper Tower 42, climbing an astounding 932 steps! If you can support Jenni and Shelter, helping the homeless please visit her fundraising page. 


This Week on FashionCapital…

9 march daphne selfePaul Markevicius reports on ‘one to watch’ Leaf Xia, while fashion UCA fashion students get their teeth into the production side of a designer fashion show. Know anything about SEO? We explain the fundamentals in Business Advice. FC editor JoJo Iles gets to meet the world’s oldest supermodel – Daphne Selfe (left) at her recent book launch. And for those that would like to contribute to FashionCapital, whether its words, images, illustrations or videos – we are open to guest submissions. If you are interested in becoming a contributor and promoting your work online please read through and sign our terms & conditions, to view click here. 


Boutique Pick of the Week

We love these Delicatezzen ecoleather stickers, apply to customize your accessories in an instant. From handbags, wallets, shoes, covers, helmets, PC’s and tablets – the possibilities are endless. The brand use dedicated 3M adhesive, which is resistant to rain, and humidity. Details do indeed make the difference.

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Until next time, have a great week.

The Team at www.fashioncapital.co.uk


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