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London Technical Fashion Academy

London Technical Fashion Academy at Hackney Community College

There's a real drive in the fashion industry for manufacturing in the UK rather than outsourcing abroad, and this specialist sector needs to develop staff teams with the skills to support this.

Piecing it together

The London Technical Fashion Academy works with companies to deliver the best fit of apprenticeships or other training to recruit and develop young talent in the fashion industry. We also provide applicants with support and preparation to put them in the best position for success in their career.

Every company is different, and has specific needs to guarantee its successful future. This could be around staff numbers and level of training required to hit the ground running. It could be particular specialisms, from knitwear to underwear, or luxury leather goods to umbrellas.

The London Technical Fashion Academy brings together the longstanding, renowned reputation of Hackney Community College’s fashion tutors, with the business and training expertise of View Training.

What's the best fit?

Specialists and advisers will meet with you and visit your premises, to fully understand what your company needs and the sort of people you need to make it grow. We’ll then recruit young talented trainees who are hungry to start their career in the techniques of fashion manufacture, and who will support the next stage of your business’ development.

If you decide that the apprenticeship route is the best fit, your new recruits would normally work with you four days a week, and attend college one day a week. If you want them to undertake an intensive period of technical training first, to prepare them for your specific needs – we can arrange that.

Training tailored just for your business

Our partnership with View Training means that we can undertake a full, free, training needs analysis across your whole business, and advise you on the best way to achieve your business objectives through tailored staff training, and at the right cost. In many cases, we can help to source government or other funding to subsidise the costs of your staff’s training.

Contact us!

Get in touch! We’ll take it from there..
020 7613 9430

LTFA training packages include:

  • Pre-apprenticeship fashion and textiles (sewing): level 1
  • Apprenticeship in manufacturing sewn products: level 2
  • Apparel manufacturing technology (machinists): level 3
  • With options for high end and specialist manufacturing to meet business needs

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson said of LTFA:

“Apprenticeships are a great way for young people to get on the job training and learn the skills that businesses really want and need. London’s fashion industry is renowned across the world and this fantastic new academy will not only help many more young Londoners into a career in fashion, it will ensure the capital retains its position as an industry leader for years to come.”

And a word from the industry:

Daliah Simble, Head of Production and Sourcing for Roland Mouret said:

“The London Technical Fashion Academy is instrumental in supporting the growth of UK manufacturing. Manufacturing at High St and Luxury level is at a crucial point in London, with demand exceeding capacity. Many factories wish to expand and the time is right to support this growth by training young people in technical skills, to enter the fashion industry and have the opportunity to have viable paid and fulfilling careers in the creative areas of cutting, sewing or finishing. We hope to expand the offer into other technical areas of fashion manufacture in the very near future.

“I am very excited about what we have created in conjunction with Hackney Community College and Creative Skillset: the technical fashion workforce of the future.”

Read about our launch

Although we’ve been working hard with partners to develop the LTFA for some time, we launched the Academy to the industry in March 2014. Read the report here!

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