London Fashion Week is fast approaching and now, more than ever, there are thousands of youngsters looking to get a break into the amazing, exciting and creative industry of fashion.
In perfect synergy, one of the biggest weeks of the year for fashion also marks the opening of applications for apprentices to join Creative Skillset’s new Higher Level Apprenticeship in Fashion and Textiles.
Bucking the trend of rising youth unemployment in the UK and in response to the success of their ‘Made In Britain’ clothing label, Fashion Enter has boosted employment opportunities for young people by increasing its intake of apprentices for Creative Skillset’s Fashion and Textile Apprenticeships and relocated to larger factory premises in North London.
Kristen Lucas, 19, is one of four of Fashion Enter’s current apprentices and recognises the opportunities the apprenticeship is giving her. “The apprenticeship is so much better than I ever imagined it would be,” said Kristen. “I am learning so much and it is opening my eyes to all the different options available in the fashion industry. And I get to earn as I learn.”
Sophie Glover, Head of Technical Services at ASOS said: “ASOS prides itself in being passionate about people and developing talent for the future. It was because of this that we jumped at the opportunity to work with Fashion Enter on the roll out of the first Creative Skillset National Apprenticeship Scheme in apparel in January 2011.Our first Apprentices have successfully completed their courses and one of these Apprentices was such an asset that she is now a permanent employee at ASOS, as Assistant Technologist on our specialist departments. We would like to consider that we have developed a solid partnership with a collaborative approach to this fantastic opportunity for young people.”
On Tuesday 12th February, Fashion Enter will host an Apprenticeship Open Day at its Fashion Studio at the University of East London at the Knowledge Dock Business Centre bringing leading High Street Stores, clothing manufacturers and potential apprentices together with Creative Skillset for an informative workshop and job fair. On Valentines Day, The Factory will open its doors from 10.00am to 15.00pm for visitors to review the new facilities and meet the team.