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Excellent Feedback On Fashion – Enter’s Apprenticeship Tuition & Coursework


Fashion-Enter’s apprenticeship department recently received a visit and Moderation Report from Sarah Atkinson, Chief Moderator at University of the Arts London (UAL). Sarah came in to assess the standard of work completed by N16 Vintage Apprentice Magda Zusda and her work for her UAL Level 3 Certificate and Level 4 Diploma for Fashion Studio Assistant. 

N16 Vintage is a company who design, develop and distribute clothing brands from around the globe. The company works with prestigious stores, talented designers and sales teams and have manufactured and sold over one billion pounds worth of product. This well-established company have their own in-house brands as well as supporting others as a supplier.

As a part of her apprenticeship and on-the-job learning Magda had to cover a broad range of units including; professional practice, demonstrating garment construction, understanding product management and more with the apprenticeship team at the Fashion Technology Academy. The course has been designed to provide learners with the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to work within the fashion industry; with a specific focus on working within a fashion studio.

Below is a summary of Sarah’s feedback:

The completing student has produced a comprehensive portfolio of evidence to meet the criteria for both core and optional units. A thorough understanding has been demonstrated in presentations, unit handbooks and through records of practical activities. Both the core and optional units have been completed to a high level of competence There is substantial on-going tracking, monitoring, assessment and feedback for each task and unit, on completion the IQA reviews the evidence for each unit and provides comments and further guidance to ensure that the work is fully meeting expectations for the pass criteria. Referral work is signposted and signed off on completion. Assessment is rigorous, accurate and there is an effective internal QA/IV process in place.

Feedback to students is extensive and individualised, providing positive encouragement and highlighting areas for further development and improvement. Regular 360-degree progress reviews incorporate tutor, student, and workplace manager contributions. These regular reviews provide an excellent vehicle for monitoring progress and enable the student to participate in a reflective assessment of their own development and are an example of good practice.

Despite the on-going restrictions placed on access to resources and the learning environment due to COVID the completing student has remained highly engaged with the programme and is now ready to undertake the EPA. She has clearly achieved a standard commensurate with professional practice, evidencing, knowledge, understanding and initiative in her work. The employer acknowledges the contribution made by the apprentice, who is clearly an asset to the company and this was noted in the final performance review.

This second moderation confirms observations made in the first report that Fashion-Enter are providing an extremely well planned, well-managed and valuable educational experience for these apprentices. Previous recommendations and actions have been completed and there are no additional commendations at this stage.

The development of the learners from point of entry to exit is exceptional, students completing the programme are highly employable and the team should be commended for the hard work that has gone into putting the curriculum in place, notable the excellent unit handbooks that provide an outline of the unit content with questions and sections for the student to complete as they develop their knowledge. It has been a pleasure to look through the portfolio presented for moderation and I would like to thank Louis and the team at Fashion-Enter for the clear and accessible documentation and evidence provided.

After such positive feedback Sarah announced that Magda has ‘passed’ and will receive her Diploma Certificate for the Fashion Studio Assistant Pathway One Product Development.

Fashion-Enter’s Apprenticeship tutor Louis-Christian Pendegrass (pictured above) commented:

“It has been a pleasure to work with, teach and support all of our students at Fashion-Enter. I joined in March 2020 a week before the 1st national lockdown and we quickly pivoted to ensure we could support our students learning journey and experience whilst working remotely and digitally.

“I have been thoroughly impressed by the intuition, commitment and talent of our students and am thrilled that our first 3 apprentices to have their portfolios moderated by University of Arts London (UAL), for the Diploma for Fashion Studio Assistant course, have each received such glowing feedback from UAL.”

Well done to Magda and to the continued support and quality tuition from Louis and the Fashion-Enter apprenticeship team.

To find out more about our fashion apprenticeships tap here.

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