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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.

Stepping out into the fashion industry!

This summer’s cohort of trainees from the London Technical Fashion Academy and View Training have all successfully completed their initial training and are now taking their skills out into the industry.

The new recruits have undertaken an intensive six-week training programme at Hackney Community College, which has helped to build on their previous skills and passion to develop industry-standard technical knowledge, and familiarity with the equipment they will be using within fashion manufacturing companies.

Head of Department Paulene Carr is impressed with their progress. “Well done to you all! You have learnt so much in six weeks. I look forward to you showing off some of your new skills on the catwalk” Paulene also extended particular thanks to the group’s tutor, experienced fashion lecturer Lauren Naylor.

Garments created by the group will form part of the high profile fashion show, taking place at the Skills Show Experience @ HCC: Digital & Creative on 30th June 2015.

Next cohort of 16-18s with a passion for fashion – recruiting now!

Your dream job in the fashion industry is closer than you think

The London Technical Fashion Academy (LTFA), part of Hackney Community College, is looking for people who would like to enter the high end fashion manufacturing industry as apprentices. Positions are currently available for: machinists, leather goods (accessories), cutters, and pressers.

To help potential candidates enter this exciting industry we are running a pre-employment training programme to recruit the right individuals for waiting employers. The programme runs for 4 weeks (15hrs / 2 days per week). On completion, all suitable applicants will be offered interviews with employers which could lead to the start of your dream career.

Training will cover a range of skills building exercises that include: Health and Safety procedures, manufacturing sewn products, quality control, garment assembly and lay planning. You’ll gain knowledge and understanding of manufacturing skills in the garment construction processes whilst learning about the fashion industry, codes, guidelines and standards – transferable skills that you’ll take with you throughout your whole career.

If you have a genuine interest in the fashion industry, have good time management, the ability to work accurately under pressure and are a good team player, email: info@viewtraining.co.uk with a copy of your CV and a paragraph on why you should be considered for these opportunities.

Call 020 7613 9430

First LTFA apprentices hired during London Fashion Week 2014

The first four apprentices in LTFA have been hired by London high end fashion manufacturer, Sourgrape, during London Fashion Week. Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: “There can be no better time to start a career in this industry than amidst the excitement of London Fashion Week, when the international fashion pack meets our creative top guns. As on the job training goes, it doesn’t get much better than that.”
Read more here!

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
Follow us on Twitter: @LTFAfashion

LTFA training packages include:

  • 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
  • Pre-apprenticeship programmes and traineeships are available for young people and companies who would benefit from this approach

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson said of the launch of the 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.”

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, on the appointment of the first apprentices:

“The number of people choosing apprenticeships has more than doubled over the last five years and I hope these young apprentices will be the first of many more to embark on a career in high end fashion manufacturing, helping to ensure that even more top fashion brands will bear the proud label “Made in London” in the future.

“There can be no better time to start a career in this industry than amidst the excitement of London Fashion Week, when the international fashion pack meets our creative top guns. As on the job training goes, it doesn’t get much better than that.”

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.”

From the UK Fashion & Textiles Association:

“With high end manufacturing being such an important sector within our industry, it is fantastic that we are attracting new young talent. Roland Mouret’s support demonstrates a definite commitment to both UK manufacturing and the development of the skill base in London and others are certain to follow their lead.” John Miln, CEO of the UK Fashion & Textiles Association

Creative Skillset supports the development of skills and training in the creative industries:

“It’s great to see education and industry working closely together at the London Technical Fashion Academy to address some key skills shortages at a time of increased interest in UK manufacturing.” Alice Burkitt, Fashion and Textiles Training Manager, Creative Skillset

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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