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Going That Extra Mile…


Newsletter 14th August 2019

Dear all,

“It’s only about the team in teaching. We want every single learner to excel in technical skills.” – Fashion Enter CEO Jenny Holloway

Good luck tomorrow (15th August 2019) if you are receiving your A-Level results. Remember in fashion there are many pathways available from working your way up completing short courses to apprenticeships. We are here to help. education@fashion-enter.com

Moderator Report For The Level 1 Certificate In Fashion & Textiles

Following a successful qualification approval process for the Level 1 Certificate in Fashion and Textiles 500/4330/4 via ABC Awards, the Fashion Technology Academy was subject to external moderation in order to be eligible for direct claim status on certification. The External Verifier requested samples from the learners’ portfolio’s to make sure the learners were assessed as per awarding body standards.

The feedback report from the moderator was extremely positive, it highlighted that: The IQA plan is clear to read with a real focus on the learner, not only in terms of work but enjoyment of the overall course, a good variety of tasks were given to the learners to complete and demonstrate their learning and competencies, all learners were able to demonstrate excellent machining skills across a good range of products and the staff were industry experienced and well qualified.

 Esme, Operations Manager for Education and Learning at the FTA added: “As Operations Manager I see first hand how hard the team all works as one to deliver the highest possible standards and we motivate the learner to excellence.”

Next Intake for Perfect Patterns and Stitching Academy – 2nd September

We are now accepting new learners on our highly recommended Stitching Academy and Perfect Patterns 6-week courses. Skills acquired on these courses can open several doors to the industry from employment to further education or an apprenticeship. Both courses commence from Monday 2nd September. Click here for more details about the courses.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed completing and studying on both the Level 1 and 2 Perfect Patterns course here at the FTA… I have learnt new skills and now feel confident in the area.  I would definitely recommend the course to those looking to gain new skills within the fashion, textiles and pattern cutting industry.” – Valerie

BehindBras Stakeholders Event – 17th September

Last week we mentioned that we will be the accredited training provider on the BehindBras initiative to enable female prisoners the chance of a real career in the fashion industry and a fresh start in life. Now the crowdfunding launch and Stakeholders event has been scheduled at HMP Brixton on Tuesday 17th September. Fashion Enter CEO Jenny Holloway will be there, as a guest speaker, and the event will provide the ideal opportunity to network and make connections with organisations and influencers in the fashion, criminal justice, equality and employment sectors. Attendees will enjoy a three-course meal in the exclusive Clink Restaurant as well as meet a range of guest speakers and hear presentations from leaders who support the initiative. Further dates at HMP Styal, Cardiff and High Down will open the programme to the public.

To find out more, book your place or to contribute to this exceptional programme click here.

Update on Visas For Garment Manufacturing Workers

Last month, the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Textiles and Fashion organised a meeting to discuss visas and employment in the garment manufacturing sector. Fashion Roundtable, which provides the secretariat for the Group, also launched a survey to collect data and insights from the garment manufacturing sector, which closes on the 6th of September (please take a look and fill in if you are a garment manufacturer in the UK). Rafaella de Freitas, Policy Research Assistant at Fashion Roundtable informed FashionCapital on the most recent news and discussion on this issue, click here to read her article.

Apprenticeship of the Week

Roksanda Ilincic has been a London Fashion Week regular since 2005. Her distinctive voluminous silhouettes and bold colour palette has gained her numerous awards including the Red Carpet Award at the British Fashion Awards in 2012. We now have a unique opportunity for an apprentice to join Roksanda’s Technical and Product Development team as a Technical Apprentice. The ideal candidate will be a proactive and driven individual, who is eager to learn and become part of a team producing luxury womenswear. To find out more and apply click here.

Ashlea Brooks Begins Her Apprenticeship

Ashlea Brooks started her apprenticeship with Mountain Warehouse this week. She said:

“I am very excited about the opportunity I have been given by Mountain Warehouse and am looking forward to joining their buying team. I am also very happy to have the support of the apprenticeship programme with Fashion Enter and can’t wait to learn more with their guidance.”

Why Start Ups Can’t Afford to Miss Fashion Brand Bootcamp

Fashion label RIXO built their brand in just 3-years, now they are selling with the likes of net-a-porter, Harvey Nichols and Selfridges and we are proud to have steered them in this successful direction. Each of the 6 Fashion Brand Bootcamp speakers have worked in their field of expertise for over 20-years, brilliant advice all in one place. To find out more and book your place click here.

Tailoring Academy Right On Track

Development of the Tailoring Academy is coming along nicely and we look on schedule to open in October 2019.

A Warm Welcome to HRM Princess of Love

We are delighted to be chosen as Her Imperial Highness, Princess Stella Sijuwade’s ethical manufacturer, the Princess is a designer and is known as HRMThePrincessofLove, here she is visiting the Factory earlier this week.

Fabric Swatch of the Week

One for all seasons: this week we have picked out a monochrome printed 100% silk fabric featuring a simple floral print. Available from the FCFabricStudio now at £8- per metre.

This Week on FashionCapital.co.uk

A new survey looks at 30 of the UK’s leading fast fashion brands, surveying 2,000 individuals and analysing several factors to reveal how the fast fashion industry is looking in 2019.

Editor JoJo Iles takes in the superb craftsmanship and elegant beauty on show at Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams at the V&A.

And a return to traditional skillsets such as sewing and re-building the British manufacturing industry were also touted as critical for achieving genuine sustainability at the recent edition of Pure London – keynote talks.

And Finally…

A big shout out to FromBritainWithLove website for featuring our ethical brand Belles of London on their homepage, support like this is invaluable. Thank-you.

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