Launch of new training academy in London will help address issue of lack of skilled workers within UK fashion manufacturing
The lack of skilled staff is one of the biggest challenges faced by manufacturers in the UK. The problem is particularly bad in the fashion industry, where the average age of workers at factories is often in the fifties. It is not just machinists that are hard to come by, but also staff that are trained in other aspects of garment production, such as machine mechanics and pattern cutters.
So we were delighted to see the opening today of the UK’s first Fashion Technology Academy. Created in partnership between Fashion Enter and Haringey Council, and with funding also coming from DWP and ASOS, the FTA will provide training and qualifications across the entire garment life cycle, incorporating pattern making, fabric inspection, laying and cutting, quality control, machine maintenance and stitching.
The academy will be the first apparel manufacturing training academy in the country to operate alongside a live factory environment ensuring that students will gain exposure to real manufacturing whilst training for their Level 1 qualification. Initially launching with Level 1 there will be progression for learners to develop to Levels 2, 3 and 4, emulating the apprenticeship programme also run by Fashion Enter Ltd.
The FTA hopes to train over 1,000 people a year by 2019, opening up job opportunities for 1,000’s and encouraging growth in the local manufacturing sector.
Congratulations to Jenny Holloway and the Fashion Enter team on such an ambitious project and we wish the academy lots of success.
To find out more about the Fashion Technical Academy visit www.fashioncapital.co.uk