Skillset is working to secure London's future reputation as one of the world's fashion capitals by encouraging London employers to take on an apprentice and nurture emerging young talent.
Skillset, the Sector Skills Council representing the fashion and textiles industry, is promoting the Fashion and Textiles Apparel Apprenticeship as it will help to bridge the technical skill gaps that exist in London and offers strong career paths to aspiring young people keen to get their foot in the door.
With 13,600 fashion and textiles businesses based in London, there is a wealth of experience and skills ready to be handed on to the next generation of production managers, sample machinists and garment technologists.
Fashion Enter and The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London have joined forces to become the first training providers delivering the Apparel Apprenticeship in the capital. Work is now underway to recruit employers and apprentices, with the first apprentices expected to start in January 2011. The training providers will also be hosting an open day on the 8 December at Fashion Enter's Workshop in Haringey to explain the benefits of Apprenticeship programmes to employers and potential apprentices.
College Director for Creative Studies, Jeff Rosenberg, said: "The College is really excited about working with Fashion Enter to develop this new Apprenticeship for Fashion students so that we can ensure these apprentices have excellent creative skills as well as technical ones."
The Apprenticeship framework, which is now being delivered throughout the UK, was developed by employers to allow flexible training which fits with individual company needs
One employer about to start the Apprenticeship programme is online fashion retailer ASOS.com, their Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, Louise McCabe said: "Asos.com prides itself on breaking new ground in the fashion industry. We are also passionate about creating career opportunities for young people and developing skills for garment manufacturing in the UK. This is why we are delighted to be directly supporting the first London based Fashion and Textiles Apparel Apprenticeship with Fashion Enter and The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London."
Skillset chief executive Dinah Caine said: "This Apprenticeship is the perfect way for the creative talent and skills that exist in London's fashion and textiles industry to be passed on to the next generation. We look forward to many talented apprentices in London being given the opportunity to kick start their careers through this programme."
Skillset, The Sector Skills Council for Creative Media