National Apprenticeship Week 2021
This week, 8th – 14th February 2021, is National Apprenticeship Week (#NAW2021) – a time for employers, providers and apprentices across the UK to come together to give apprenticeships a well deserved shout out. “Build the Future” is the theme for NAW2021 aiming to encourage everyone to consider how apprenticeships help individuals to build the skills and knowledge required for a rewarding career.
When it comes to fashion and textile apprenticeships Fashion-Enter is England’s leading provider offering quality training at all levels. Fashion-Enter’s Fashion Advanced Apprenticeships gives apprentices the opportunity to work for a real employer, earn a real salary whilst gaining valuable workplace skills, experience and ultimately an accredited qualification. Anyone living in England, over 16-years old and not in full-time education can apply to be an apprentice in the fashion industry.
We asked our current cohort of apprentices about their apprenticeship experience so far and here’s what they had to say:
Brittney Formos, Apprentice pattern cutter at Fashion-Enter:
“I have learnt how to communicate professionally and have started to open up more, being honest if I need help or advice and I feel my interactions with colleagues have improved.”
Gabriella Howell, Apprentice garment tech at Mountain Warehouse:
“I am always wanting to have a chat, my work has taught me how to be professional and communicate with other colleagues and external suppliers. I have a better understanding of how to deal with people. Working through difficult situations and dealing with pressure and meeting deadlines.”
Selvie Brika, Apprentice couturier at Ralph & Russo:
“During this apprenticeship my personal skills have developed extremely. I would say my confidence, people skills and patience have improved massively. I have become organised and my knowledge of fashion has also improved.”
Matthew Morishima, Apprentice pattern cutter ready-to-wear at Ralph & Russo:
“My ability to work in a team has improved as well as my organisational skills and keeping track of the stock of materials. I have learnt to prioritise in regards to meeting deadlines as will as delegating work to the interns.”
Iyana Morrison, Apprentice studio assistant at Intimate Apparel:
“I feel that I have developed stronger empathy and consideration for others. My communication and listening skills have also developed immensely.”
Hawwa Diment, Apprentice pattern cutter couturier at Ralph & Russo:
“I have become more independent at working and it has encouraged me to invest personal time to developing my pattern cutting skills and doing personal projects. It has also taught me to persevere and try to make smaller milestones which are realistic to help me work towards achieving a larger goal.”