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Apprenticeships – The Way Forward For UK Industry


This week, 5th – 9th March, apprenticeships are in the spotlight as we celebrate National Apprenticeship Week…

While government figures last month revealed a 35 per cent fall in apprenticeships starting in November, compared with the same period in 2016, new research released this week by accountancy firm, Grant Thornton and City and Guilds, reveals an upward turn. The research that looked at the attitudes of 500 UK employers who pay the apprenticeship levy revealed that over half plan to recruit more apprentices over the next five years.

FashionCapital’s sister company, Fashion Enter, is a leading light in apprenticeships for the fashion, textile and manufacturing industry and the success rate has been phenomenal. After qualifying, the majority of apprentices (85%) will stay in employment, with two-thirds (64%) staying with the same employer. Fashion Enter advocates that a fashion apprenticeship offers the chance of a REAL future in the fashion industry.

As it’s National Apprenticeship Week the team have naturally been attending various events. Last night (5th March 2018) Fashion Enter’s CEO Jenny Holloway was at the House of Lords to discuss the topic of Promoting the Prestige of UK Apprenticeships’– a dinner discussion hosted by the Industry and Parliament Trust chaired by The Rt Hon Anne Milton MP, Minister of State for Apprenticeships and Skills. “An exceptionally insightful evening sensible & knowledgeable discussions & solutions with businesses and SME’s,” tweeted Jean Duprez MBE. The discussion centred on how the government pledge to create 3m new apprentices by 2020 is progressing.

Today (6th March 2018) Jenni Sutton, Development Director at Fashion Enter and FashionCapital, will be talking to Year 2 students at Waltham Forest College about the various apprenticeships opportunities that are available within the fashion and manufacturing sector.

Sannita, a former Fashion Enter apprentice comments: “I left my apprenticeship with a full-time job the following day – and am now a Junior Buyer based in Berlin.”

With a major focus on women and equality what better time is there to raise awareness about the opportunities for young women in STEM apprenticeships?

To find out about the apprenticeships Fashion Enter offers at the Fashion Technology Academy click here.

Later this week we will announce Fashion Enter’s 2018 Apprentice of the Year!






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