The UK’s effort to promote more British made products and manufacturing has resulted in the launch of the Stitching Academy. The academy opened July 11th 2013 and was designed to support students as they hone their skills in the fashion industry, with courses designed to teach the requirements and methods associated with clothing construction. ASOS and Fashion Capital joined together to unveil the academy that aims to provide students with the opportunity to earn Level 1 qualifications in “stitching skills” during their six-week internship.
The pre-apprentice programme offers 120 students courses that teach sewing and stitching, machinery operation and many other skills that accompany the process of constructing fashion designs. These courses aim to be taught at the Fashion Capital’s factory, The Workshop, located in Haringey, London. Students who are successful during their pre-apprenticeship may gain further education and seek employment, with many job opportunities coming directly from Fashion Capital.
The Stitching Academy has received support on all sides. The Department of Work and Pensions via Job Centre Plus granted funding in order to increase British-made products, as well as encourage the country’s youth in joining the workforce and exhibiting their creative talents. In addition ASOS, through its ASOS Foundation charity, contributed machinery and supplies to the Academy and matched the amount given by the Haringey Council to help with teaching costs.
“ASOS is proudly committed to supporting British manufacturing in our industry by giving skills and job opportunities to the young people who will take it into the future,” Nick Robertson, the CEO of ASOS said. “The Stitching Academy is one of many steps in the right direction and perfectly mirrors the objectives of the ASOS Foundation.”
ASOS has further cemented its support of the Academy and its goal by supporting two apprentices through their education. ASOS also goes a step further, allowing the Stitching Academy to produce 7000 garments a week through its backing.
“We are so delighted that the DWP and Haringey Council have both supported our application to bring real qualifications for stitching and machine skills that can fill the current job vacancies in garment manufacturing today,” Jenny Holloway, Managing Director of Fashion Capital, said, “With this new support for a Level 1 accredited qualification we can also help fill the 22 jobs that are now live with the apprenticeship programme for leading fashion companies such as River Island, Topshop and Topman. The Stitching Academy is the first in the industry and also a UK first.”
To get more involved with The Stitching Academy:http://www.fashioncapital.co.uk/News/25988-a-new-stitching-academy-a-uk-first.html
What other kinds of apprenticeships may appeal to the younger generation that may lead to viable career options?